By Nadia Surace
IT’S fun, friendly and great preparation for school, Greater Shepparton City Council Manager Aged and Children’s Services, Simon Rose said last week at the opening of 2012 kindergarten enrolments.
Mr Rose encouraged parents to enrol their child for kinder next year. He said that kindergarten is a very important step in the development and learning process of each child.
“Kindergarten brings new challenges, learning opportunities, lots of fun and interaction with other children and adults,” Mr Rose said.
“Kindergarten provides flexibility to reflect your child’s individual needs and allows children to develop their skills at their own pace.
“It also prepares children to handle the more formal structure of their ongoing education.
Mr Rose also encouraged parents to visit kindergartens and discuss their child’s individual needs with staff prior to enrolment.
“While we try to accommodate parent’s requests for kindergarten at particular centres, this is not always possible, so if parents don’t receive a place at the centre of their first preference they can accept a place at an alternative centre or wait and see if spaces at their preferred centre become available.
To be eligible to attend kinder in 2012 children must be four years-of-age by April 30 2012.
Enrolment forms and information are available at Council offices, kindergartens, childcare centres and maternal and child health centres.
Enrolments close July 31.
Parents will be notified of placements in late September.
Victorian Government funds one year of kindergarten for each eligible child.
For more information phone Council’s Aged and Children’s Services Branch: 5832 9700.