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What is it?

KIK Start is a partnership program between Yarra Ranges Council and Best Start. The Executive Officer of Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. is a foundation member of the KIKStart Advisory Group. The KIK Start program is designed to assist families of 4 year old kindergarten children who may be experiencing financial hardship.

  • KIK Start relies solely on donations.

How does it work?

KIK Start aims to provide:

  • The opportunity for families with children experiencing hardship to access funded 4 year old kindergarten
  • Assistance with term fees for eligible families at funded 4 year old kindergarten.
  • Links to appropriate services and resources.
  • Fee assistance for families who are not eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy applicable to concession card holders.

How to apply

  • Eligible families must live within Yarra Ranges Council area or live out of Yarra Ranges Council area but attend a community managed preschool service within the municipality.
  • Funds can only be applied to funded four year kindergarten services.
  • The application must be completed on the KIKStart application form and be signed by both the President/Authorised Officer of the associated kindergarten committee and the parent/guardian of the enrolled child to whom the funding will be applied.

KIK Start application forms are available at: 

  • Your kindergarten service
  • Yarra Ranges Council website:

“The kindergarten year is a rich and stimulating experience that provides a range of important opportunities that not only prepare children for school but for life”

Kathy Walker: Education Consultant and Author.


193-195 Main Street, Lilydale VIC 3140
Mail: PO Box 416 Mooroolbark 3138
Phone: 03 9726 0439

Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, as the custodians of this land. We pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of the region. YRKI is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention is paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
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