Kinders at schools

Building kinders at schools provides many benefits for Victorian families, including making:

  • kinder programs easier to access
  • drop-off time simpler and more convenient for some families
  • the transition from kinder to school smoother for children.

Having kinders and schools together can also be used to create a hub for offering health and other services that benefit the wider community. 

That’s why, as part of Best Start, Best Life, over the next decade we’re building hundreds of kinders at schools across the state. Every new primary school will also have a kinder - making life simpler for families. 

The needs of each area are different, so we work closely with local government to plan new kinders. This ensures the best educational outcomes for children and broader benefits for their families.

Which schools get a kinder? 

Since 2018, we’ve helped open over 70 kinders at schools and upgraded hundreds more. 

We assess school sites in areas with significant kinder demand to make sure we build them where they’re most needed. We consider the schools’ future needs too. Are they under enrolment pressure and might need to expand? Will they still have sufficient open space? We also assess street access and parking.

Councils and other providers can also apply for funding to build or expand kinders at schools in their area. We evaluate these on a case-by-case basis.

You can use our interactive project map to find kinder construction projects near you. If you’re looking for kinder programs, you can use the Find A Kinder Program website.