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Handbook & Policies

East Burwood Preschool’s policies are written to reflect the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 and the Victorian Kindergarten Guide 2016.

Families are welcome to view the policies which are kept at the Preschool.


East Burwood Preschool Selection Criteria

NO JAB NO PLAY legislation
In accordance with Victorian law, Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services must first obtain evidence that the child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

‘Conscientious objection’ is not an exemption under the ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation.
For more information on this legislation, please see this government website.


Enrolment, admission and priority of access 

East Burwood Preschool’s enrolment policy has been developed in accordance with the Department of Education and Training (DET) Kindergarten Guide 2015

ELIGIBILITY – 3 year old kindergarten 

A child must be 3 years of age before they commence the program. Enrolment is the 3 year old program is generally intended for children who turn 3 by 30 April, though they cannot commence until their birthday. To hold a place for a child who turns 3 between the beginning of the kinder year and 30 April, full fees must be paid for the whole year, even for those weeks in which the child is too young to attend.SELECTION 
East Burwood Preschool will assess each enrolment application using the following order of priority:

  1. High priority children -According to Department of Education Policy, East Burwood Preschool must prioritise enrolment for children with identified special family circumstances or additional needs.* See below for circumstances which will ensure priority access.
  2. Repeating children – Children who require a second year of three year old preschool, as recommended by the educator, and attended East Burwood Preschool’s 3 year old program in the previous year. This includes children who commenced in the 3 year old program part-way through the previous year, with the intention of completing a full year of the 3 year old program the following year.
  3. Siblings within the city of Whitehorse – Children who are siblings of previous or current attendees of the preschool and who reside within the City of Whitehorse. For the purpose of this criterion, a child’s residence is taken to be the place where they are usually located during the day. If there are more applicants under this category than available places, priority will be given to those who reside closest to the preschool. Google Earth will be used to calculate proximity to the preschool, “as the crow flies.”
  4. Proximity – Children whose primary place of residence is closest to the preschool. For the purpose of this criterion, a child’s residence is taken to be the place where they are usually located during the day. Google Earth will be used to calculate proximity to the preschool, “as the crow flies.”
  5. Ballot – If there are more applicants than positions available, and applicants are on equal standing after all the above criteria have been applied; offers will be determined by ballot.
  6. Younger children – Remaining vacancies may be offered, at the Early Childhood Teacher’s discretion, throughout the year, to 3 year old children who turned 3 after 30 April. These children will not be eligible to continue to the funded 4 year old kindergarten program the following year but will instead be eligible for a full year of 3 year old kindergarten.

Eligibility – 4 year old kindergarten

A child must turn 4 years of age by 30 April to coincide with school entry the following year. Places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

SELECTION
East Burwood Preschool will assess each enrolment application using the following selection criteria.

  1. Repeating Children (East Burwood Preschool) – Children who are eligible for a second year of funded 4 year old preschool, as recommended by the Early Childhood Teacher, and who attended East Burwood Preschool’s 4 year old program in the previous year.
  2. High priority children – According to Department of Education Policy, East Burwood Preschool must prioritise enrolment for children with identified special family circumstances or additional needs.* See below for circumstances which will ensure priority access.
  3. Continuity – Children seeking admission to the 4 year old funded program, who have attended the 3 year old program at East Burwood Preschool in the previous year.
  4. Siblings within the City of Whitehorse – Children who are siblings of previous or current attendees of the preschool and who reside within the City of Whitehorse. For the purpose of this criterion, a child’s residence is taken to be the place where they are usually located during the day. If there are more applicants under this category than available places, priority will be given to those who reside closest to the preschool. Google Earth will be used to calculate proximity to the preschool, “as the crow flies.”
  5. Proximity – Children whose primary place of residence is closest to the preschool. For the purpose of this criterion, a child’s residence is taken to be the place where they are usually located during the day. Google Earth will be used to calculate proximity to the preschool, “as the crow flies.”
  6. Repeating Children (Different Preschool) – Children who have attended the funded 4 year old program at a different preschool and are eligible for a second year of funded 4 year old preschool, as recommended by the Early Childhood Teacher.
  7. Ballot – If there are more applicants than positions available, and applicants are on equal standing after all the above criteria have been applied; offers will be determined by ballot.

Is your child ready for Preschool?

We ask parents to give careful consideration to the age at which their child enters preschool, as it may not be possible to offer a second year of 3 year old kindergarten. This is particularly relevant to young 3 year olds born in January, February, March or April of the year they are eligible to attend the 3 year old program.

If you have concerns about whether your child will cope with 3 year old kindergarten, we suggest submitting an enrolment form with the Whitehorse Pre School Association when your child turns 2 years of age.  In addition please make an appointment to discuss your concerns with our teachers.  On commencement of preschool you have two options:

  1. To start pre-school when your child turns 3 years of age, or
  2. Defer your child until the following year guaranteeing you a place within the 3 year old program.

Deferment

After careful consideration, should you decide your child is not ready for preschool, we strongly recommend you defer your child until the following year.  Alternatively, should you elect to commence 3 year old kindergarten and later decide to defer your child, you will only have until the end of term 2 to be guaranteed a position the following year.

Further Information

Of benefit may be the brochure circulated by the Whitehorse Preschool Association entitled, “When is my child ready to attend kindergarten or school – Should my child defer kindergarten.”   Please take a copy of this brochure when you visit our preschool.
In addition, Kathy Walker (an expert in school/kindergarten readiness) has more information on her website: www.earlylife.com.au

General Information for Parents

Additional Needs

If your child has any special requirements, please discuss these with your teacher prior to commencement of kindergarten. These may include allergies, toilet training concerns and fears/phobias.

Behaviour Management
We believe in encouraging positive behaviour and ensuring that all children are respected and valued as individuals.  Setting limits for behaviour is important for the safety and protection of children and staff, ultimately leading to the development of children’s self-discipline.  We aim to help children learn the consequences of their behaviour and thus develop an understanding of how their actions affect others.

Orientation & Settling In
During term one you will attend an initial orientation session with your child. Children are divided into smaller groups for a short time to allow them to adapt quickly and happily. Your child will then attend independently as directed in the orientation timetable.  The orientation program helps the teaching staff to get to know the new children and assist them in adapting to their new environment. Parents are requested not to stay after the initial orientation session.  Some children experience separation anxiety. Please be assured that this will be managed in a sensitive way by the teaching staff. Your prompt and confident departure will assist in this process.  Please call after 15 minutes if you are concerned.  We will of course ring you if we are unable to settle your child after an extended period of time.

Feeder Schools

  • Orchard Grove Primary School
  • St. Luke’s Primary School
  • Burwood Heights Primary School
  • Burwood East Primary School
  • St. Thomas Primary School
  • St. Scholastica’s Primary School
  • St. Andrews Primary School

Toilet Independence 
It is highly recommended that children be toilet trained before they begin Pre-School.  However, children who are not yet fully toilet trained may attend.Independence can be developed/fostered in the following ways:-

  1. Use of toilet paper
  2. Turning taps on and off
  3. Telling the teacher/assistant if they have had an accident

We suggest when attending an orientation session, to show your child the children’s toilets so that they are familiar with their location and appearance as they may be different what your child is used to.

Toileting Accidents
If your child still experiences frequent accidents, we suggest they attend Pre-School in pull-ups.  Occasional toileting accidents are able to be dealt with promptly by the staff. However, if your child has an on-going toileting issue and requires frequent changes, staff may need to consult with a parent to negotiate a management strategy.