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An independent, community-owned and managed, heritage listed kindergarten set in large grounds.

Contact details

Address: 2A Minona Street, Hawthorn 3122

Phone: (03) 9818 1063

Email: [email protected]

Website: Robert Cochrane Kindergarten website

Visit the kindergarten: Visit our How to choose page for information about the annual open day in May, or contact the kindergarten to arrange a time to visit.

Robert Cochrane Kindergarten logo with a drawing of three happy kids

About Robert Cochrane Kindergarten 

Robert Cochrane Kindergarten is a community run kindergarten, with over 100 years of history, located in the heart of Hawthorn.

The kindergarten runs exciting play-based sessions for 3 and 4-year-old groups, within beautifully maintained grounds. Experienced and highly regarded educators run a program with a strong sustainability and community emphasis, where parents and families within the kinder community are actively involved.

Learn more about the centre's staff, programs, facilities and philosophies on the Robert Cochrane Kindergarten website.

2024 session times

3-year-old kindergarten program

Koalas – 20 places

This program offers 12 hours of free kinder per week. Subject to demand, there are 2 optional extended hours of care for both 3- and 4-year-old children attending on Fridays.

DayFree kinder hoursExtended hours
Wednesday9 am to 3 pmNone
Friday9 am to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm

Possums – 20 places

This program offers 12 hours of free kinder per week. Subject to demand, there are 2 optional extended hours of care for both 3- and 4-year-old children attending on Mondays.

DayFree kinder hoursExtended hours
Monday9 am to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm
Wednesday9 am to 3 pmNone

4-year-old kindergarten program

Emus – 22 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week and 3 optional additional hours. Subject to demand, there are 6 optional extended hours of care for both 3- and 4-year-old children attending on that day. 

DayFree kinder hoursAdditional kinder hoursExtended hours
Tuesday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm
Thursday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm
Friday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm

Wombats – 22 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week and 3 optional additional hours. Subject to demand, there are 6 optional extended hours of care for both 3- and 4-year-old children attending on that day. 

DayFree kinder hoursAdditional kinder hoursExtended hours
Monday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm
Tuesday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm
Thursday9 am to 2 pm2 pm to 3 pm3 pm to 5 pm

2024 fees per term

The Victorian Government Free Kinder initiative is available at this kindergarten. Concession rates are not applicable.

3-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Koalas free kinder hours (12 hours per week): Free
  • Possums free kinder hours (12 hours per week): Free
  • Optional Extended Hours (2 hours per week): Term 1 is $150 per session, Terms 2 to 4 are $330 per session

4-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Emus free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free
  • Wombats free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free
  • Optional additional hours (3 hours per week): $450
  • Optional Extended hours (6 hours per week): Term 1 is $150 per session, Terms 2 to 4 are $330 per session

Voluntary costs

  • 3-year-old: $880 per year
  • 4-year-old: $936 per year

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 Robert Cochrane Kindergarten's rating against the NQS and learn more about the assessment process on the StartingBlocks website.

Note: These details have been provided by Robert Cochrane Kindergarten. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Robert Corchrane Kindergarten website.


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