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Kindergarten Registration and Enrolments

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Why Attend Kindergarten; About Kindergarten

Attending a kindergarten is an important step for your child; it will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout their life. 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.

There is considerable variation in the programs offered and the hours of operation of kindergartens.

You are encouraged to visit any kindergarten which you may be interested in having your child attend, but please phone first for an appointment so that the teacher is able to speak with you personally.


Finding a Kindergarten

Every family is different so it’s important to think about your own family circumstances when choosing a kindergarten program for your child.

To find a bestchance kindergarten in your area, see: bestchance.org.au/kindergartens


Key Dates

For all direct registrations managed by bestchance, please see below for key dates;

  • Registrations for 1st round offers close 30 June 2019
  • 1st round offer process to commence mid to late July 2019
  • 2nd round offer process to commence early to mid-August 2019

Note: Registrations received after 30 June 2019, will be included in the 2nd round offer process and subsequent offer rounds that will be conducted fortnightly until December 2019 where vacancies or waitlist apply.


Children with Additional Needs

If you think your child has additional needs, you should indicate this on their registration. Additional needs could include;

  • A disability
  • A developmental delay
  • A medical condition whereby a child required assistance in order to participate in the kindergarten program

This information is important so that your kindergarten teacher/s may assist you to apply for additional resources to support your child at the kindergarten.


Eligibility Criteria

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;

Child’s Date of Birth

3 year old Eligible Year

4 year old Eligible Year

01/05/2014 – 30/04/2015

2018

2019

01/05/2015 – 30/04/2016

2019

2020

01/05/2016 – 30/04/2017

2020

2021

01/05/2017 – 30/04/2018

2021

2022

01/05/2018 – 30/04/2019

2022

2023

01/05/2019 – 30/04/2020

2023

2024

01/05/2020 – 30/04/2021

2024

2025

Note: Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing. If not, fees will be payable to hold the place.


Unfunded Sessional Programs (2 Years Before School/3-Year-Old)

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.

The Victorian Government is investing $5 billion over ten years so that every child in the state will have access to two years of kindergarten. For more information see the Department of Education and Training’s information on Kindergarten for all three-year-old children here.


Early Start Kindergarten

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;

  • The child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • The family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST)

Funded Sessional Kindergarten Programs (Year Before School/4-Year-Old)

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 o week over 40 weeks of the school year. Click here to view the current year school term dates.


Things to know before you register

  • 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
  • Registrations must be submitted by 30 June to be included in the 1st round of offers for the following year
  • Registrations made after 30 June will be processed in subsequent rounds
  • You will incur a Registration Application Fee of $25 per child, per service

No Jab No Play

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.


Priority of Access (POA)

As per the information bestchance is provided from the Department of Education and Training (DET), we are required to prioritise vulnerable children when it comes to allocations for kindergarten.

Bestchance applies their own Priority of Access (POA) however whoever manages your registration (Council included) may apply their own POA to your kindergarten allocation.

Some of the POA criteria may include;

  • Demonstrated Link to Service
  • Proximity to Service
  • Submitted before 1st round cut-off date
  • Local Government Area (Council) POA

Registration and Enrolment

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 14 local government areas and the registration and group allocation process differs across these areas;

bestchance is solely responsible for managing and assisting you with your child’s enrolment into kindergarten.

Please refer to the below tables for information regarding the registration process of your desired kindergarten. We can assist you to register your child through your local government area.

DIRECT TO BESTCHANCE

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Armstrong Creek East Children’s Centre

4

Direct to bestchance

Bass Valley Children’s Centre

4

Direct to bestchance

Bestchance Children’s Centre

4

Direct to bestchance

Bilbungra Kindergarten

3

Direct to bestchance

Bulleen Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Colchester Park Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Diamond Creek East Preschool

3

Direct to bestchance

East Ivanhoe Preschool

3

Direct to bestchance

Eltham Preschool

3

Direct to bestchance

Hansen Park Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Heatherhill Preschool

3

Direct to bestchance

Lower Plenty Preschool

3

Direct to bestchance

Sarah Court Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Sassafras Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Springvale Rise Primary Kindergarten

3

Direct to bestchance

St Clare’s Early Learning Centre

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Templestowe Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Upwey Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Upwey South Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Walker Street Community Kindergarten

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

Yarraleen Preschool

3 & 4

Direct to bestchance

 

BANYULE

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

East Ivanhoe Preschool

4

CRS – Banyule City Council

Lower Plenty Preschool

4

CRS – Banyule City Council

 

BAW BAW SHIRE

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Warragul Primary Early Learning Centre

4

CRS – Baw Baw Shire

 

BOROONDARA

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Studley Park Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – City of Boroondara

 

CARDINIA

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Andrews Community Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Arena Child and Family Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Avonsleigh Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Bayles Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Bunyip Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Emerald Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Garfield Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Henry Family Children’s Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Hollins Children’s Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Homegarth Community Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Koo Wee Rup Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Lakeside Children’s Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Lang Lang Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Nar Nar Goon Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Pakenham Heights Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Pakenham Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Pakenham Springs Children’s Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Upper Beaconsfield Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

Upper Beaconsfield Pre-Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Cardinia Shire Council

 

DANDENONG

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Bilbungra Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Chandler Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Corrigan Rex Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Dandenong North East Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Dandenong Primary Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Dandenong South Primary Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Dandenong West Primary Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Heatherhill Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Noble Park Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

Springvale Rise Primary Kindergarten

4

CRS – City of Greater Dandenong

 

GEELONG

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Armstrong Creek East Children’s Centre

4

CRS – City of Greater Geelong

 

MAROONDAH

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Bayswater North Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA (Maroondah Integrated Kindergartens Association)

Croydon Central Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA

Croydon Gums Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA

Greenwood Park Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA

Norwood Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA

Oban Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – MIKA

 

MONASH

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Ashwood Memorial Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Bestchance Children’s Centre

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council/Direct to bestchance Children’s Centre

Brandon Park Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Clayton Community Centre Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Columbia Park Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Dover Street Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Emmanuel Anglican Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Germain Street Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Glen Waverley South Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Glendal Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Legend Park Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Mt Waverley Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Mulgrave Park Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Nara Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

St John’s Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Tally Ho Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Ward Avenue Kindergarten

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Waverley Foothills Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

Wayburne Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – Monash City Council

 

NILLUMBIK

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Diamond Creek East Preschool

4

CRS – Nillumbik Shire Council

Eltham Preschool

4

CRS – Nillumbik Shire Council

 

WHITEHORSE

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Barriburn Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA (Whitehorse Preschool Association)

East Burwood Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

Katrina Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

Larch Street Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

Parkmore Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

Parkside Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

Warekila Preschool

3 & 4

CRS – WPSA

 

WYNDHAM

Service Name

Age Group

Central Registration Scheme (CRS) or Direct to bestchance

Tarneit North Kindergarten

4

CRS – Wyndham City Council

Truganina East Early Years Centre

4

CRS – Wyndham City Council

Wyndham Vale Primary School Kindergarten

4

CRS – Wyndham City Council


To find out more about enrolments or vacancies in your area contact us by filling out our form, or by calling us on 1800 546 337