Kindergarten on a School Site
About the project
It will provide new kindergarten places in an area experiencing high demand for kindergarten services.
Building the kindergarten at an interim site allows us to quickly deliver local kindergarten places in time for the beginning of Term 1 2023 while works continue to be progressed across the road at 2-4 McCracken St, Essendon.
The interim kindergarten includes two kindergarten rooms offering 66 places for local 3- and 4-year-old children. It also includes a Maternal and Child Health room and a dedicated outdoor learning space.
The permanent building will have three teaching and learning rooms so it can offer an extra 33 kindergarten places (99 in total). These additional places will help meet the growing demand for kindergarten services in the local area.
There'll also be 2 Maternal and Child Health rooms as well as outdoor learning and play areas.
It will also support the delivery of free kinder for 3- and 4-year-olds across Victoria from 2023.
Why are you building an interim kindergarten at Essendon Keilor College?
Building the interim kindergarten allows us to quickly deliver new kindergarten places in an area experiencing high demand for kindergarten services. It will mean that families can access a local kindergarten service from the beginning of Term 1, 2023.
Why not just make the interim location the permanent site for the kinder?
It’s important for school students to have open outdoor spaces to enjoy for learning and recreation. The school space which has been required for the interim kindergarten will be returned to the school as soon as we are able.
What facilities will be available?
The interim kindergarten facility will include two kindergarten rooms offering 66 places for local 3- and 4-year-old children. It will also include a Maternal and Child Health room, a dedicated outdoor learning space and dedicated play areas for exclusive kindergarten use.
The permanent facility will have three rooms offering 99 local kindergarten places. The extra places will help better meet the increased demand expected for kindergarten services in the local area and support the delivery of free kinder for 3- and 4-year-olds across Victoria from 2023.
When will the interim kindergarten open?
A kindergarten service will begin operating at the interim site from Term 1, 2023.
How do I enrol my child?
Kindergarten applications are allocated by Moonee Valley City Council through a . For further information relating to this process, please contact the Moonee Valley City Council Central Registration Team by email or call .
Why are you using modular construction?
Kindergartens built using modular construction are an efficient solution for delivering quality buildings in short timeframes.
They are constructed in a factory in sections known as “modules”. These modules are delivered to the kindergarten site, where builders assemble them, connect utilities and complete outdoor areas.
Constructing the modules offsite minimises disruptions to the school and community. The process also reduces the time required for a traditional build and gives children faster access to high-quality learning environments.
Will kindergarten children and their families need to access the kindergarten via the secondary school?
No. The kindergarten will have a separate entrance to Essendon Keilor College. The facility has been designed to early childhood regulations and includes an engaging external learning space and boundary fencing for added privacy. The kindergarten will be maintained and operate as an entirely separate service.
Will the kindergarten play areas and secondary school outdoor facilities overlap?
No. Kindergarten children will enjoy their own dedicated play space. The entire kindergarten facility will be screened by a tall fence and landscaping for added privacy.
Will children at Essendon Keilor College have access to the kindergarten?
No. The kindergarten will be maintained as a separate service onsite with a separate entrance to Essendon Keilor College and access managed as per the National Children’s Services Education and Care Regulations.
What carparking facilities will be provided?
The carpark for the interim kindergarten is located at 29 Thomson St (Corner of Thomson and McCracken Streets), with entry from Thomson and exit via McCracken.
In the 2019–20 Budget, this project shared in $283 million allocated over four years for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.
Essendon Kindergarten (interim site) - indicative site plan
An indicative site map of the Essendon Kindergarten (interim site). The site is bordered by Thomson Street, McCracken Street, Buckley Street and Aberdeen Crescent.
Marked up on the site map are:
- New kindergarten (interim site)
- Kindergarten car park (interim site)
- Outdoor play
- Essendon Keilor College – Essendon campus
Reviewed 20 December 2022