Talbingo 3-year-old Kindergarten Inc. has been in operation for over 20 years. We were first registered as an incorporated association in July 1993. We are a self funded, not-for-profit, privately run kindergarten. It is run entirely by a volunteer committee made up of parents whose children are attending the current year.
Preschool services do not form part of the compulsory education system and are not free of charge. Families choose to send their child/children to 3-year-old kindergarten and therefore, undertake to support the Kindergarten through the payment of fees. Talbingo 3-year-old Kindergarten Inc. receives no government funding or subsidy (including local council). As such we rely on fees and fundraising to pay for expenses.
As the Kindergarten is self-funded through the enrolment fees, parents are encouraged to share in any maintenance, social activities and fundraising activities. Parent assistance is vital in keeping the Kindergarten operational.
Over time, the demand for 3-year-old kindergarten programs has increased. The centre started with one group of approximately 16 children, who attended for 2.5 hours a week. The kindergarten has continued to grow over the years. We currently have 88 spots spread across four groups. Running from Monday to Thursday, each group of 22 children is allocated one morning session and one afternoon session.
Talbingo 3-year-old Kindergarten Inc. prides itself on being one of the few standalone 3-year-old kindergartens that offers a dedicated 3- year-old Early Learning Program delivered by fully qualified Early Childhood Educators. Each session is run by a lead educator and a co-educator with the help of volunteer parents.
We are fortunate to share our building with a 4-year-old kindergarten program, making it an easy transition for children enrolled in our 3-year-old kinder program. The 4-year-old program is run by the City of Casey and enrolments are made through their website.