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Children and Families

Maternal and Child Health Services

Bass Coast Health provides Maternal Child Health services at a number of locations across the Shire.

You can also download a booklet on several Kindergarten/Child Care programs available across Bass Coast. Information in this booklet is subject to change, for the most up to date information contact each facility.

Three Year Old Kindergarten

The Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion to deliver 15 hours of Three Year Old Kindergarten per week. This will be available in both sessional (standalone) kindergartens and long day care (childcare) centres.

In 2022, families will be able to access 5 hours of funded Three Year Old Kindergarten in Bass Coast Shire.

Click here for further information on three year old kindergarten.

Centralised Kindergarten Registration for 2022 Enrolments

We are working with kindergarten service providers in Bass Coast Shire to establish a central kindergarten registration system to ensure children and families can easily access and secure a place in a kindergarten that best suits their needs.

A centralised kindergarten registration system allows families and carers to register their children to attend a kindergarten in the municipality. Early Years staff at Council then assesses the applications and allocates children to participating kindergarten places available in a fair and equitable manner, in line with the Department of Education and Training’s Priority of Access criteria and in discussions with participating kindergartens.

This new system for kindergarten registration will provide families and carers with one point of contact to register their child for kindergarten in Bass Coast Shire.

Registrations for kindergarten in 2022 are expected to open in July/August 2021. Click here for further information on registering for kindergarten.

Early Start Kindergarten

Early Start Kindergarten enables eligible 3 year old children to access a preschool program, for up to 15 hours per week.

To be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten children must be:

• aged three years by 30 April in the year that they attend preschool, and
• an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
• known to Child Protection (including children referred from Child Protection to Child FIRST).

Two years of preschool provides an important start for children. It helps with the development of language, social interactions and self confidence. Preschool also helps to prepare children for success at school later in life.

Immunisations

We also offer Immunsations for members of our community, children aged 2 months to 4 years, and Secondary School students.