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FEES

The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides per capita funding as a contribution toward the costs of providing a 4 year old kindergarten program. This funding covers approximately 65% of operation costs. The balance is achieved through charging fees. Please be aware that there is no departmental funding for 3 year old kindergarten so in most cases, all families pay full fees.

Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. aims to remove all barriers to quality early childhood education for all children. Don’t hesitate to contact administration on 59 662 225 for further information or assistance

ENROLMENT

To apply for a place in the 3 year old or 4 year old program at one of Yarra Ranges Kindergartens please visit the Enrolment Page.

FEE SCHEDULE
 

Select your centre below to find information regarding fees…

PAYMENT OPTIONS
  • Direct deposit payments can be made online. Using the invoice number as payment reference.

  • Visa or MasterCard (Details for direct deposit and card payments are available on each invoice or by calling the Administration office on 03 5966 2225.)

  • Weekly, fortnightly or monthly Direct Debit.

  • Payment on invoice.

  • Year’s fees in full. A discount is available for early payment in full by the end of February in the child’s kinder year.

  • Cash payments over the counter at any Bendigo Bank branch.

HOW FEES ARE SET

As part of the budget development process, fees are set each year for the programs of the service, taking into consideration:

  • the financial viability of the service;

  • the level of government funding provided for the program, including :

    • the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy;

    • the availability of other income sources, such as grants;

    • the fees charged by similar services in the area;

    • the capacity of parents/guardians to pay fees;

    • reasonable expenditure in meeting agreed program quality and standards;

    • requirements of the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy – Fees Policy;

Fees set for the year are only reviewed in extraordinary circumstances, for example, if attendance rates fall below the budget ‘break even’ point.

OTHER CHARGES

Preschool Application Fee: this fee should accompany the Preschool Application to ensure timely processing of the application.

Administration Levy: a non-refundable fee that is charged per family to help cover the cost of administration.

Maintenance Deposit: an amount charged to each family attending to confirm acceptance of a kinder place. The Maintenance Deposit is redeemable after family participation in Working Bees or equivalent maintenance events.

Special Events Levy: families at some centres pay this levy to subsidise excursions and/or special events as part of the program.

FUNDRAISING

Funding and fees will cover operational costs. To maintain and upgrade the facilities of our centres, a range of fundraising activities will be offered to families. While participation in fundraising is voluntary, the support of every family is encouraged. Fundraising activities are also an opportunity for families and communities to come together.

SUBSIDIES

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (four-year-old programs only) The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy is provided by DEECD and enables eligible children to attend kindergarten free of charge or at minimal cost.

Families who may be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (four-year-old programs only) include those who are:

Health Care Card holders, Pensioner Concession Card holders, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holders, Temporary Protection/Humanitarian Visas 447, 451, 785 or 786, Asylum seekers on Bridging Visas A–F, Refugee and Special Humanitarian Visa 200–217, Resolution of Status (RoS) visa, Class CD, subclass 851, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, triplets or quadruplets attending a funded kindergarten program in the same year.

OTHER HELP

Families experiencing financial hardship may require access to family support services. Information on these services is available on our Contact Page.

If need be, a fee payment schedule can be arranged on consultation with the Management Office (03 5966 2225).

Kids In Kindergarten Support to Access Resources (KIK Start): Provides support to 4 year old kindergarten families who need help paying fees and are ineligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. Contact the Management Office (03 5966 2225) or Claire Rock (03 9294 6245), for more information.

If you need any help with fees, please contact the Management Office (03 5966 2225) as soon as possible.

REFUND OF FEES

If a family becomes eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy during a term, a full refund of pro rata term fees will be provided. Fees may still apply for programs offering more than the required minimum hours per week.

In any other case, fees are non-refundable (exceptional circumstances may apply – these are at the discretion of management). There will be no refund of fees in the following circumstances:

  • a child’s short-term illness

  • public holidays

  • family holiday during operational times

  • closure of the service for one or more days when a qualified educator is absent and a qualified reliever is not available, staff training days or due to extreme and unavoidable circumstances

In addition, no refunds are available if a family chooses not to send their child to the program for the maximum number of hours for which they are enrolled as places are funded per child, not per hour.

CHILDREN TURNING THREE DURING THE YEAR OF ENROLMENT

Children can only commence a 3 year old kindergarten program once they have turned 3. If a place is to be reserved for the child, term fees should be paid in advance.