4 Year Old

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The preschool year for children is the critical step before formal primary school starts. We have developed sound relationships with all local schools and some just outside of the area, so we have a current understanding of their prep (preparation for school) programs. The preschool year is a unique opportunity for children to consolidate skills already learnt, build new skills and knowledge and grow self-confidence and willingness to explore their potential... all the while playing and having fun with others.

We promote experiential learning within a spiral curriculum where children are encouraged to work on their theories and projects through exploration, trial and error and experimentation. Educators ask a lot of 'I wonder" questions so children have the chance to seek answers, all the while embedded early literacy, numeracy and science. This makes for many adventures.

We do seek opportunities to explore our community and go 'out and about' whether we are visiting the community garden to seek some information for our own garden plan, a wander in our gumboots to discover and jump in puddles or a walk to the football oval to see if our kites will fly high, we enjoy being part of the community. 

We believe preschool is the year children should really flourish in their social and emotional development. During preschool, children fine tune their skills in engaging with others, build confidence in expressing themselves, communicating how they feel and expressing emotions, seeking solutions to their ideas and theories and enjoying themselves in the unique part of childhood.

All educators encourage potential families to call or come to the kindergarten to see the curriculum in action and speak with educators. We are only too happy to answer questions and further explain preschool curriculum.



2018 Timetable

Governments support the preschool year by partially funding a 15 hours program in the year before school for all Australian children. This means fees can be kept as low as possible. There are three teachers/ educators working each session with preschool children in a maximum ratio of 1 adult to 10 children which is above the recommended regulation requirement.

Children are usually booked for all sessions based on this 15 hours policy. There is also an extended hours program, available depending on the needs of families.

Monday-  9.15am to 2.15pm
Tuesday-  9.15am to 2.15pm 
Thursday- 9.15am to 2.15pm 


2018 Term (Session) Fees

$500 per term

$68.75 (health care card holders)

One off annual payment of $60 Continuous Improvement Fee


Extended Hours Program and Associated Fees

Monday-  2.15am to 4.15pm
Tuesday- 2.15am to 4.15pm
Thursday- 2.15am to 4.15pm

This program meets the needs of busy families, but also provides children with an opportunity to spend time in smaller groups working on ongoing creative projects and ideas in a wind down time.


Fee per Session

Fee per Session (Health Care Card)

$40 ($20 per hour)

$30 ($15 per hour)


Enrolment Procedures

4 year old kindergarten or the preschool year is managed by Central Enrolment at the Shire of Nillumbik where you can preference Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten.

Please contact the Shire of Nillumbik directly on 9433 3161 or at preschool@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

More information can be found at: http://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/People-and-family/Preschool-Kindergarten/Four-year-old-preschool  


2019 Expected Timetable and Fees

Group 1

Monday-   9.00am to 4.30pm
Tuesday-   9.00am to 4.30pm 

Group 2

Wednesday- 12.45am to 3.45pm
Thursday-    8.30am to 2.30pm
Friday-        8.30am to 2.30pm 


Fees- $500 per term 

Health Care Care Holders- TBA

Note- additional days may be available... details and costs to be confirmed