Our programs are responsive to the needs and interests of each child. Qualified Early Childhood Educators create and facilitate new learning experiences to encourage constructive learning, imaginative play and the development of resilience and social skills.
Attending a kindergarten is an important step for your child; it will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their lives. Kindergarten will help your child to develop language and listening skills, confidence and independence, physical and creative skills, support their desire to learn and discover, and the ability to work cooperatively with other children and adults.
Our programs are guided by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and help children to:
The right kindergarten is different for everyone. Here you can search by your suburb or postcode to find conveniently located kinder programs near you. Or you may search for a specific service by name.
For all direct registrations managed by bestchance, please see below for key dates;
Registrations for 1st round offers close 30 June 2021
1st round offer process to commence mid to late July 2021
2nd round offer process to commence early to mid-August 2021
Registrations received after 30 June 2021, will be included in the 2nd round offer process and subsequent offer rounds that will be conducted fortnightly until December 2021 where vacancies or waitlists apply.
If you think your child has additional needs, you should indicate this on their registration. Additional needs could include;
This information is important so that your kindergarten teacher/s may assist you to apply for additional resources.
Proof of birth is required when applying. Australia Government documentation such as a birth certificate or passport is preferred
Immunisation History Statement downloaded from Medicare Online or MyGov
You will incur a Registration Application Fee of $25 per child, per service
As per the information bestchance is provided from the Department of Education and Training, we are required to prioritise vulnerable children when it comes to allocations.
Whoever manages your registration (Council included) may also apply their own POA to your allocation.
Some of the POA criteria may include;
The No Jab No Play legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016. Under this new legislation, children will be required to have their immunisations up to date or have an approved exemption to commence kindergarten.
An Immunisation History Statement from Medicare Australia must be produced prior to your child commencing kindergarten showing immunisations are up to date. This is a condition of being able to commence kindergarten.
To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 3 or 4 years of age or older by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten. Please see the below eligibility table for more information.
Note: Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing. If not, fees will be payable to hold the place.
Most of bestchance’s services offer Unfunded Sessional Programs. These programs are optional but not subsidised by the State Government and are therefore more expensive.
Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing in an Unfunded Sessional Program. This means that your child may start kindergarten after the start of term 1 however, you may be required to pay the full-term fee in order to hold the place.
Note: Attendance in an Unfunded Sessional Program does not guarantee that you will be offered a place in the Funded Sessional Kindergarten Program at the same service. If you would like your child to attend a Funded Sessional Kindergarten Program in the following year, you will need to complete
a 4-year-old registration.
All 4-year-old children are eligible, and funded, to attend at least 600 hours of kindergarten in the year before they start school. This is usually 15 hours per week over 40 weeks of the school year.
For current school term dates, click here.
Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides free kindergarten to eligible 3-year-old children. Children
are eligible for ESK if they are aged 3 by 30 April in the year they will be attending a kindergarten program, and;
Once you have found your preferred kindergarten, you will need to complete a registration process to be considered for allocation to that kindergarten.
bestchance manages kindergarten programs across numerous local government areas and the registration and
group allocation process differs across them.
bestchance is solely responsible for managing and assisting you with your child’s enrolment into kindergarten.
In June 2016, the Department of Education and Training introduced a new policy framework for Early Years Management (EYM) to replace the 2009 Kindergarten Cluster Management framework.
The new policy reflects the broader role of EYM organisations in delivering a greater range of integrated early years services. EYM supports community-based kindergartens in delivering high quality education and care programs for children and families.
For information on the roles, responsibilities and benefits of all involved in EYM, click the More Information button.
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