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Yarriambiack Shire Council are the Early Years Management Organisation for the following Kindergarten services.


Please note from January 2025 the Murtoa Kindergarten will be closed, with all new enrolments to be directed to the Murtoa College Early Years Centre.

Teacher: Rebekah Crittenden

Educators: Chris Campbell, Joanne Thomson, Loretta Leith

Days of operations: Monday-Friday

Phone: 03 5385 2523

Mobile: 0429 914 387



Teacher: Jacqueline Kiem

Educators: Alison Bish

Days of operations: Monday

Mobile: 0429 776 010



Teacher: Christiana Henke

Educators: Anne Templeman

Days of operations: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Phone: 03 5385 7296

Mobile: 0448 118 458



Teacher: Christiana Henke
Educators: Sheri Garton, Anne Templeman

Days of operations: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Phone: 03 5385 5224

Mobile: 0429 622 646



Teacher: Jacqueline Kiem
Educators: Taela McLean, Camille Jones

Days of operations: Tuesday-Friday

Phone: 03 5083 3483

Mobile: 0429 776 010



Warracknabeal 4 Year Old Room

Teacher: Kate Williamson
Educators: Jill Adams, Natasha Hallam

Days of operations: Monday-Friday

Phone: 03 5398 1747

Mobile: 0437 104 101


Warracknabeal 3 Year Old Room

Teacher: Hanna Liersch
Educators: Stephanie Powell, Erika Nilssen

Days of operations: Monday-Friday

Phone: 03 5398 1747

Mobile: 0408 751 193



Murtoa College Early Years Centre – 2025 – Department of Education Operated

The Victorian Government has committed $14 billion to expand kindergarten programs across the state and give children the best start to life. As part of this major initiative, they are building 50 new early learning and childcare centres across Victoria.

From this incentive the Department of Education is building a new early learning and childcare centre at Murtoa College. The new early learning and childcare centre will be opening in January 2025.
Therefore, the Yarriambiack Shire Council operated, Murtoa Kindergarten will cease operation from the end of December 2024

The Victorian Government-owned centre will provide long day care, Three-Year-Old Kindergarten and Pre-Prep programs, with space for up to 57 local children in the centre each day.

It will also include a Maternal and Child Health consulting room for local families and a carpark.

Building the centre at the college will help some parents avoid the double drop-off. It makes childcare and early learning accessible and convenient for working parents and carers. It can also make the transition to school easier for some children.


Expression of Interest - Long Day Care - Murtoa Early Learning Centre

Expression of Interest - 3 & 4 Year Old Kinder - Murtoa Early Learning Centre 

Expression of Interest - Recruitment - Murtoa Early Learning Centre

Beginning Kindergarten
When is the best time?

There are now two years of kindergarten programs available to your child prior to them starting school. The Victorian Government have commenced the rollout of funded kindergarten for three-year-old children across the state and we’re excited to be able to offer three year old kindergarten to Yarriambiack families.

This means:

  • Children are eligible to attend 3 year old kindergarten if they turn 3 prior to the 30th of April, however they cannot attend until their third birthday.
  • So, for children born between 1 January and 30 April, parents have the choice as to whether they commence 3 year old kindergarten the year they turn 3 or begin in the following year when a full year of 3 year old Kindergarten can be accessed.

All children learn and develop in different ways.  Some children may benefit from starting Kindergarten later.  It is important that children are ready to transition to school after kindergarten. Therefore, it is important that parents and carers carefully consider this when deciding the best time for their child to start kindergarten.

If you are unsure about the best time for your child to start kindergarten, you can ask:

  • Your child’s Maternal Child Health Nurse
  • The Early Childhood Teacher at the kindergarten you are looking to enrol in
  • Yarriambiack Shire’s Early Years Coordinator or Early years Engagement Officer

Kindergarten Pre-Enrolment
3 and 4 year old kindergarten

Council has developed an online survey for kindergarten pre-enrolments. The survey will take approximately 6 minutes to complete. All information collected will be maintained in accordance with Council’s Information Privacy Policy. 

If you experience issues entering data into this form, please contact or phone (03) 5398 0100.  Please note all fields must be complete before you can submit the form.  Please ensure your email details are correct as you will receive a confirmation email. 

Click here to complete the Kindergarten Pre-Enrolment form