Making the transition into school can be an exciting but also emotional time for families. Luckily, we have plenty of services and support networks you can draw on to help you prepare for these milestones in your child's life.
Things to do
- Your child is eligible to start kindergarten at 3 years old. Use our kindergarten dates calculator to see what year your child can attend kindergarten and add important enrolment dates to your calendar.
- Use our immunisation dates calculator to add scheduled immunisations to your calendar.
- Attend your 3.5 year key age and stage appointment with your Maternal and Child Health nurse.
- Look into childcare for your child if you need it. Occasional care can be helpful for many parents.
- Download the Victorian Government's free Maternal and Child Health app
- Enrol in swimming lessons at one of our local pools. Children aged 3 and up should start learning basic strokes and important water safety skills.
- Attend a parent's information session.
- Join the Boroondara Library Service to access books and online resources on parenting, health and learning. Contact our expert staff to get help finding what you need.
- Find evidence-based information and advice for parents of 3–5 year olds and 5–8 year olds at the Raising Children Network.
Other services in Boroondara
- Camberwell Multiple Birth Association: support for parents of twins, triplets or more.
- Boroondara Family Network: support for parents with babies and very young children who are suffering stress in parenting.
Activities in Boroondara
- Get out to an activity for you and your baby at one of our libraries.
- Attend a parent information session.
- Join a walking group
Find more activities for you and your baby in our searchable directory of activities for under 8s.
Support and advice
- Maternal and Child Health Line: free advice from a qualified MCH nurse for children from birth to school age, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 13 22 29.
- Parentline: free counselling and advice for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old, 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. Call 13 22 89.
- The National Breastfeeding Helpline: breastfeeding knowledge and help with overcoming common hurdles 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 686 268.
Find health information
You can use the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel tool below to find quality assured, reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand health information on children aged 4 to 12.*
*The Better Health Channel website is managed and authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. The site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
Content on the City of Boroondara website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. This information is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.
Need advice now?
If your situation is an emergency, you should always call 000 or go to an emergency department at a hospital.