Every child thrives, learns and grows to enjoy a productive, rewarding and fulfilling life, while contributing to their local and global communities.
~ adapted from the Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development
To apply for a place in the 3 year old or 4 year old program at one of our kindergartens, please follow the link to our Preschool Application.
Please be sure to complete all Information required as incomplete applications are returned and cannot be processed until complete
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides per capita funding as a contribution toward the costs of providing a four-year-old kindergarten program. This funding covers approx 65% of operation costs. The balance is achieved through charging fees.
WHEN CAN MY CHILD GO TO KINDER?
The eligibility table below will help you to find the best time to enrol your child.
|BORN BETWEEN||3/4YO Program in||BORN BETWEEN||May Enrol for |
4/5YO Program in
|Jan to Apr Birth
Consider 4/5YO in
|1/5/12 and 30/4/13||2017||2018|
|1/1/14 and 31/12/14||2017||1/5/13 and 30/4/14||2018||2019|
|1/1/15 and 31/12/15||2018||1/5/14 and 30/4/15||2019||2020|
|1/1/16 and 31/12/16||2019||1/5/15 and 30/4/16||2020||2021|
|1/1/17 and 31/12/17||2020||1/5/16 and 30/4/17||2021||2022|
|1/1/18 and 31/12/18||2021||1/5/17 and 30/4/18||2022||2023|
|1/1/19 and 31/12/19||2022||1/5/18 and 30/4/19||2023||2024|
Please note the difference in eligibility dates for children enrolling in 3/4yo and 4/5yo programs.
Children turning 4 years old between 1st January and 30th April are legally eligible to attend kindergarten even if they haven’t turned 4 years of age by the time the preschool year commences. From the developmental perspective, enrolling later rather than earlier can have distinct benefits for your child.
Because children are not allowed to attend our services before they turn 3 years old, it is generally recommended that parents apply to enrol in the next year’s 4/5yo program so their children can follow straight on from the 3/4yo group, having already received a full year of an appropriate developmental program.
AT WHAT AGE CAN I ENROL MY CHILDREN FOR KINDERGARTEN?
Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. accepts applications for enrolments at all of its kindergartens from birth. Enrolments are confirmed year by year once a family accepts a place offered to their child and they pay the registration invoice.
CHILDREN OLDER THAN FOUR YEARS OF AGE
If a child turns five years of age during their preschool year, that is perfectly okay; that’s why we call it 4/5yo kinder. In fact, many children who start primary school at five going on six years, arrive with more confidence and the chance of better educational outcomes.
CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN FOUR YEARS OF AGE (ALSO KNOWN AS EARLY ENTRY TO PRIMARY SCHOOL)
If a child will not turn four years of age by 30 April in the year they are to attend a funded kindergarten program, the parents must first have requested approval for early school entry for their child to attend school in the following year.
Requests must be made in writing to the appropriate Departmental regional office in accordance with government school entry processes or directly to the non-government school that the child will be attending.
It is very unlikely that the regional office or the non-government school will be able to determine the outcome of the request for early school entry until close to the school commencement date, which means families run the risk of missing out on a kindergarten place if they wait too long to confirm and early entry to school is denied.
We also need to advise parents that most applications for early school entry are unsuccessful. Children granted early entry to kindergarten are not eligible to apply for a another year of funded kindergarten in the following year if the child does not attend school.
A copy of the written request for early school entry must accompany the child’s application for kindergarten enrolment so that we can confirm an early enrolment. The service must sight this request and include a copy in the child’s enrolment record.
IMMUNISATION IS COMPULSORY TO CONFIRM YOUR CHILD’S KINDER ENROLMENT.
Australian government ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016. It stipulates that no service provider can legally confirm a child’s enrolment in an early childhood program without one or other of the following:
up to date immunisation
an official exemption from immunisation on medical grounds
proof of the commencement of an endorsed Immunisation Catch-Up program.
Follow this link to obtain a copy of your child’s immunisation record: