Kindergartens offer a 1-2 year pre-school program for children before they enter primary school. It is not compulsory to send your child to Kindergarten; however it does help children to develop their social, mental and physical skills in preparation for school.

Some Kindergarten programs are integrated into normal day long child care. Many childcare centres offer both 3 and 4 year old programs. Other centres only offer sessional Kindergarten programs, which run 8-12 hours a week split across 2-3 sessions.

If you are interested in putting your child through the Kindergarten program, we recommend you contact and visit the centres and ask lots of questions, so that you are happy with the program they offer and put your name on the waiting list as soon as you can.

Elwood Kindergartens are:

Lady Forster Kindergarten

Poets Grove Family and Children’s Centre

Elwood Children’s Centre

The council operates a centralised waiting list for the following centres and you will need to contact to Port Phillip council to be put on the waiting list:

  • Ada Mary A’Beckett Children Centre, Port Melbourne
  • Albert Park College Children’s Centre, Port Melbourne
  • Bubup Nairm Children’s Centre, St Kilda (previously St Kilda Children’s Centre)
  • Clarendon Children’s Centre, South Melbourne
  • Clark Street Children’s Centre, Port Melbourne
  • Coventry Children’s Centre, South Melbourne
  • Eildon Road Children’s Centre, St Kilda
  • Elwood Children’s Centre, Elwood
  • Lady Forster Kindergarten, Elwood
  • North St Kilda Children’s Centre, St Kilda
  • Poets Grove Family and Children’s Centre, Elwood
  • South Melbourne Child Care, Albert Park
  • The Avenue Children’s Centre and Kindergarten, Balaclava

For all other childcare / kindergarten centres, you will need to contact these directly.