• Nominated Supervisor: Nicolle Turner
  • Educational Leader: Malcolm Elms


ACECQA National Quality Standard (NQS) Rating:

QA1: Educational program and practice – Exceeding NQS
QA2: Children’s health and safety – Exceeding NQS
QA3: Physical environment – Exceeding NQS
QA4: Staffing arrangements – Exceeding NQS
QA5: Relationships with children – Exceeding NQS
QA6: Collaborative partnerships with families and communities – Exceeding NQS
QA7: Leadership and service management – Exceeding NQS
Overall rating: Exceeding NQS

Session Times

2024 Session Times

4 year old kindergarten – 15 hours per week


Monday: 8.15am – 3.45pm

Tuesday: 8.15am – 3.45pm


Wednesday: 8.30am – 4.00pm

Friday: 8.30am – 4.00pm


Tuesday: 8.00am – 3.30pm

Thursday: 8.00am – 3.30pm

3 year old kindergarten – see below for individual group hours


Monday: 8.30am – 4.00pm


Wednesday: 8.45am – 4.15pm

Thursday: 8.45am – 4.15pm

Mixed aged groups 3 & 4 year old - 15 hours per week


Monday: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am - 2.00pm

Friday: 9.00am - 2.00pm


Wednesday: 8.15am – 1.15pm

Thursday: 8.15am – 1.15pm

Friday: 8.15am – 1.15pm

Term Fees

2024 Term Fees

3 and 4 year old kindergarten is fully funded in 2024. There are no out of pocket costs to parents.


Centre Philosophy

We believe children thrive in an environment where:

  • play provides the primary means of learning
  • they are encouraged to develop positive relationships with adults and other children
  • their families are actively involved and their culture is reflected
  • adults support and extend children’s play to enhance learning
  • there is a focus on language, relationships and interactions

Families and parents:

  • are actively involved in all aspects of the centre
  • create the Dobson Kindergarten community
  • are partners in their child’s education
  • expect effective and regular communication

Our staff:

  • deserve to be valued for their varied experience and qualifications
  • continually learn and re-energise through planned learning, development and networking
  • are a team
  • are encouraged to be innovative and critically reflect on teaching practice

The community plays an integral role by:

  • creating links for families to other services
  • celebrating diversity in all its forms
  • developing and strengthening social networks

Dobson Kindergarten will:

  • consult and gather diverse opinions and expert advice to make recommendations
  • seek consensus in decision-making
  • value and respect staff
  • monitor all aspects of service quality


3YO & 4YO Registration

To be eligible for 3-year-old kindergarten a child must turn three years of age on or before the 30th of April in the year of attendance.

To be eligible for 4-year-old kindergarten a child must turn four years of age on or before the 30th of April in the year of attendance.

To register your child in 3 or 4 year old kindergarten please visit the Maribyrnong City Council website to download an enrolment form

Specific enquiries can be directed to the Central Registration Officer: