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Children and Parents

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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.

Early Start

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.

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. The rollout will begin in 2020 and Bass Coast Shire will receive funding for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in 2022. It is worth noting that South Gippsland Shire Council is one of the six Councils funded to roll out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in 2020.
More information is available here https://www.vic.gov.au/three-y...

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