2022 enrolments for 3 & 4 year old groups are now open

Hughesdale Kindergarten is accepting enrolments applications for 2022, for both 3 year old and 4 year old groups.








Three-Year-Old Kindergarten


Do you know a child who will be three in 2022?


Every child deserves the opportunity to have the best start. That’s why funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will be available in the  City Of Monash from 2022. This means an extra year of learning, playing and making friends for children.


From next year, Hughesdale Kinder will be offering five hours a week of a funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten program.


In a kindergarten program, qualified teachers support children by offering them a range of learning experiences and activities that are both stimulating and fun. Your child’s learning and curiosity will be encouraged through experiences and activities such as exploring the natural world, being exposed to new ideas and solving problems.


Just like with Four-Year-Old Kindergarten, Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programs will be tailored to meet the needs of children. Qualified teachers support children’s learning and development through play-based learning. Play-based learning is how young children learn best. It helps them to build important skills such as language, maths and science concepts, how to manage their emotions and get along with others. Children also develop their imagination, curiosity and a love of learning when learning through play.


Research shows that two years of quality kindergarten are better than one.

For more information, ask our staff or visit www.vic.gov.au/kinder


Enrolment applications are managed centrally through City of Monash Council

Please note: Enrolments applications are also accepted from families residing outside of Monash council area

Please view City of Monash Kindergarten Enrolment website for more information on how to enrol your child.

For more information, please view our Enrolments Policy.

You are welcome to contact the kinder on 03 9569 5019 or enquire via form below.

Is Your Child Ready For 3-Year-Old Kinder? 

Every child’s development is unique, and services should work with families to consider the best time for a child to start kindergarten. Families should be encouraged to talk to your service’s kindergarten teachers and other early childhood professionals such as Maternal Child Health nurses to help inform their decision.  

All children who turn 3 years of age before the 30th of April if the year they enrol are eligible for 3-year-old kinder. It is very important however, that families carefully assess whether or not their child is really ready for the start of their kinder journey. Once a child starts 3-year-old kinder, they are then on the path to move into 4-year-old kinder the following year and then school the next year. So, ultimately if a child starts 3-year-old kinder too early they most likely will not be ready for 4-year-old kinder and school.  

We do not want to see children struggling through either of these preschool years and certainly do not want to send children off to school before they are ready. We see no disadvantage when children start kinder a little later. In fact, the longer you give your child to mature socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively, the more prepared they will be for preschool and school and the more they will get out of these experiences.


Over the years, our observation has been that children who turn 3 between January and April benefit from waiting a year and starting 3-year-old kinder the following year. 

Each child develops differently and has had different experiences in their early years, but it is often the case that younger children can sometimes find kinder very challenging. Things that children feel very comfortable doing at home with their family sometimes become very challenging in a large group environment.  



  • Belong to a group of 26 children and interact positively with peers and educators  

  • Begin to share with others – resources, spaces, ideas  

  • Start to follow instructions and respond to guidelines  

  • Follow a basic routine  

  • Pay attention for short periods of time and start to complete small tasks  

  • Begin to feel more confident separating from parents  

  • Start to become more independent – there are 3 adults to support and educate 26 children, and one of                    the goals in our 3 year old program is for the children to learn to be independent and to become confident decision makers, therefore children are expected to start to learn how to do things for themselves. For example: turn taps on, wash their hands wipe their nose, choose a puzzle, start to toilet themselves and dress and undress themselves  

  • Attend an afternoon session – does your child still sleep during the day? 

  • Begin to control their own behaviour and emotions  


There are other options to consider if you decide to wait a year. Play group or occasional care is a great option for children to start to develop these skills in the year prior to 3-year-old kinder. 

Link to Play Group Victoria website: http://www.playgroup.org.au/  



Currently, children in Four-Year-Old Kindergarten program who have developmental delays in two or more key areas of development and would benefit from a second year of kindergarten will be eligible to access a second year of funded kindergarten following an assessment by an early childhood teacher. 


All children in Three-Year-Old Kindergarten will be expected to transition to Four-Year-Old kindergarten in the following year. A funded second year of kindergarten will only be available for children in the Four-Year-Old program who meet the above criteria.  

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Limited 3 & 4 year old kinder places available for 2022 

Hughesdale kindergarten still has limited places available to enrol your child in 3 or 4 year old kindergarten programs for 2022.  Please contact us to arrange a kinder tour and  we can guide you through the straightforward enrolment process (which is operated by the City of Monash)  Don't miss out! 

Enrolment process 

A central registration scheme for both 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs are managed by the City of Monash Council.


  • Children can be registered from 18 months of age.

  • FAQ's and Enrolments Enquiries: (03) 9518 3530 or visit the City of Monash Council website for more information, including Application for Preschool Enrolment forms.


If you would like to visit our kindergarten, Wednesday and Friday are the most suitable days as Annette our administration person is available to give you a tour of the kinder and answer any queries you may have.


For more information, see our Enrolments Policy Any enrolment enquiries call the kindergarten on (03) 9569 5019 or use the email enquiry below.

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