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In 2024 we are renewing JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten to provide a high-quality early learning facility for our community. During this time, three- and four-year old kindergarten programs will be moved to the former Balwyn Leisure Centre at 230 Balwyn Road, Balwyn. You can find out more on our JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten renewal page

A kindergarten with a proud tradition in community-based early childhood education.

Contact details

Address: 16A Argyle Rd, Kew, 3101 

Phone: (03) 9817 3624

Email:  [email protected]

Website: JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten website

Visit the kindergarten: information about the annual open day in May is available on our Open days for kindergartens page, or you can contact the kindergarten to arrange a time to visit.

About JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten

JJ McMahon is a kindergarten with a strong sense of community, where families and children of all cultures, backgrounds and abilities are welcomed and included in all aspects of the program. Families play an important role in the care and education of your children, and staff believe in the importance of an equal partnership. 

The children are viewed as capable and competent learners, their voices are valued and their input into the planning and programming is evident as the environment reflects their interests and needs. All staff strongly believe that children are curious and learn through play, drawing on the philosophies of Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Froebel. Outdoor learning is valued and children are given plenty of opportunities to engage in messy and risky play and to engage with the natural world. 

Staff are dedicated and pride themselves on building relationships with all children, and on enhancing each child’s social and emotional development through creativity in a happy and secure environment. 

Learn more on the JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten website

2024 session times

3-year-old kindergarten program

Green – 22 places

This program offers 12 hours of free kinder per week.

DayFree kinder hours
Tuesday9 am to 3 pm
Thursday9 am to 3 pm

Yellow – 22 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week.

DayFree kinder hours
Wednesday8:30 am to 4 pm
Friday8:30 am to 4 pm

4-year-old kindergarten program

Blue – 28 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week plus 4 hours and 30 minutes of additional optional hours. Fees apply to the additional hours.

DayFree kinder hoursAdditional hours
Monday8:30 am to 1:30 pm1:30 pm to 3 pm
Tuesday8:30 am to 1:30 pm1:30 pm to 3 pm
Thursday8:30 am to 1:30 pm1:30 pm to 3 pm

Red – 22 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week and 7 hours and 30 minutes of optional additional hours. Fees apply for the additional hours.

DayFree kinder hoursAdditional hours
MondayNone8:30 am to 4 pm
Wednesday8:30 am to 4 pmNone
Friday8:30 am to 4 pmNone

2024 fees per term 

3-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Green free kinder hours (12 hours per week): Free
  • Yellow free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free

4-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Blue free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free
  • Blue additional hours (4 hours and 30 minutes per week): $515
  • Red free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free
  • Red additional hours (7 hours and 30 minutes per week): $705

Rating against the National Quality Standard

Early childhood education and care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:

  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
  • improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.

See JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten's rating against the NQS and learn more  about the assessment process on the StartingBlocks website.

Note: These details have been provided by JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten. For the most up-to-date information, visit the JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten website.


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