Kinder program extended

By Oliver Lees

Macedon Ranges council has reinforced its childcare services.

In 2022, Macedon Ranges council will offer five hours a week of funded three-year-old kindergarten at council-managed kindergartens.

This service comes in addition to the 15 hours a week provided for four-year-old kinder.

Macedon Ranges council director corporate and community John Hausler said the council was pleased to now offer kindergarten in two age groups.

“Research shows that two years of quality kindergarten are better than one, and these benefits last into school years and beyond,” Mr Hausler said.

There are currently eight council-run kindergartens in the shire area.

The council is incentivising families to sign up their children, with all those who enrol going into the draw to win swimming lessons for their child at Gisborne Aquatic Centre or Kyneton Toyota Sports and Aquatic Centre.

According to the council website, positions are limited and enrolments before June 30 will be given priority.

You can nominate up to three kindergartens you would like your child to attend.

For more information about kindergarten programs, fees and enrolment call the council’s Early Years Services on 5422 0333 or visit