Program: 3 Year Old Kinder

What to expect

For many children, this is their first group experience (and first time separating from parents), so three-year-old kindergarten is a wonderful chance for the children to grow and learn about themselves and their peers.

During each session the children are encouraged to participate in outdoor and indoor activities, music/story time and snack time. We usually begin the session together on the mat sharing books with staff, parents on duty and kindergarten friends.

Varied learning

Throughout the year we have a number of special visitors such as musicians, mobile farm and puppet theatre.
Parents are welcome to participate in the sessions and we encourage you to do kindergarten duty at least twice per term.

No option to repeat

Please note that from 2022 onwards, there will be no option for children to repeat 3 year-old kindergarten.

2024 Program Timetable & Cost


Group Name Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Green Group

15 hours

8.30am – 4.00pm 8.30am – 4:00pm


Central Enrolments

Canterbury and District Pre-school’s enrolments are managed through the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolments Scheme (BKCES). Full details of the enrolment process including timelines and the application form can be found on the City of Boroondara website. 

Enrolment enquiries should be directed to the BKCES on 9278 4444 or email 

You may apply online:

Please note:  Due to Free Kinder for 2024 there are no discounts applicable to valid Concession Card holders.  Valid concession card holders should contact the Fees Officer to discuss the security deposit



CDPS have opted in to Free Kinder for 2024 there are no term fees for 3YO or 4YO programs in 2024.




Development goals

  • Form a foundation for positive self esteem
  • Develop responsibility, respect and thoughtfulness for their environment and others
  • Foster confident play skills and friendships
  • Become confident in asserting their needs and feelings appropriately
  • Learn peaceful strategies in approaching and managing conflicts
    learn to manage self-help tasks
  • Become confident in separating from parents
  • Learn new routines

Educational goals

  • Enjoy expressing ideas through music, art, drama and movement
  • Engage in activities that stimulate curiosity and encourage problem solving
  • Foster effective listening skills
  • Expand on language skills through diverse and rich language experiences, including developing a love for books and the world of children’s literature
  • Actively explore new materials and have fun in a safe and nurturing environment


In addition to our learning program, the teachers organise fun and exciting activities for the children. These are just some of the fun things that have been undertaken in the last year or two.

Hands On Learning

Developing the vegetable garden

Daily nutrition excursion

Wild Action Rockpool

Wiggerly Worm

Picture Plates

Rhythm Fun

Drama Toolbox

Community Visits

Boroondara Police Visit

Visit from local librarians

Family Mornings

Grandparents’/ Special friend day

Mothers’ Day morning tea

Fathers’ Day event

Event Days

Chinese New Year Celebration

St Patrick’s Day celebration


Canterbury & District Pre-School

26 Guildford Road

Surrey Hills | VIC | 3127

Melway Reference: 46 F10


Reg.No. A00059025