Four year old kindergarten information
Four year old kindergarten is an early learning program for children in the year before school which aims to advance each child's learning and development. Funded four year old kindergarten programs are offered throughout the municipality in community-managed kindergartens and long day care services.
Hobsons Bay City Council provides a Kindergarten Central Enrolment service for locally based, community-managed, four year old kindergarten programs. The kindergarten central enrolment process ensures fair and equitable access to kindergarten services for all children.
Please refer to the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Policy and Priority of Access guidelines in 'Related Links' below for further information.
Note: To enrol for a funded four year old program at a long day care service in Hobsons Bay please contact the preferred service directly.
How to enrol for four year old kindergarten
Children are eligible for four year old kindergarten if they turn four prior to 30 April in the year they attend.
Families can apply once their child turns two years of age.
All families have access to 15 hours of kindergarten per week (600 hours per year). Session times and fees vary between services, however a rebate is available from the Department of Education and Training for families that have a Health Care Card.
To enrol through the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Service please download the link below. Alternatively, an enrolment form is available from either the Council offices at 115 Civic Parade, Altona, any Maternal and Child Health Centre within the municipality or any of the kindergartens offering a community-managed four year old kindergarten program.
In addition to enrolling your child in four year old kindergarten via the link below, Hobsons Bay City Council will soon be providing the opportunity for families to apply online through a parent portal. The portal will be used to allocate kindergarten places from 2017 onwards.
Families who have already enrolled will be contacted by the Kindergarten Access Officer to create an online portal account. Please note that families who have already enrolled their child will not need to register for four year old kindergarten.
For further information about kindergartens and what to expect please see: www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/kindergarten/Pages/about.aspx
For information about finding a kindergarten, questions to ask a service when choosing a program, and where to seek assistance when choosing the year for your child to start, please see: www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/childhood/parents/kindergarten/choosingkinder.pdf
Allocation of community-managed four year old kindergarten places and guidelines
Kindergarten places are allocated in the year before your child is due to attend a four year old kindergarten program. If your preferred kindergarten is full, you will be offered a place at one of your other choices where possible.
Council will notify you in writing between July and November in the year prior to kindergarten attendance, offering your child a kindergarten place.
Places are allocated in accordance with the Hobsons Bay Kindergarten Priority of Access Guidelines. You can access this document in the Related Links section of this page.
No Jab, No Play – Victorian Government Legislation
Please note the No Jab, No Pay legislation is different to the No Jab, No Play legislation.
The Australian government, No Jab, No Pay affects children under 20 years of age who must be up to date with their vaccinations to receive family assistance payments.
In Victoria, No Jab, No Play affects children enrolling into four year old kindergarten and early childhood education and care services who are required to be up to date with their vaccinations. Further information on No Jab, No Play is available at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jab-no-play.
Free immunisation sessions are available through Council's Immunisation-Program-2016.pdf(PDF, 220KB)
Kindergarten Access Officer
Phone: 9932 1000
Preschool Field Officer
The Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) supports the inclusion of children with additional needs into State funded Kindergarten services. Find out more information by visiting our Preschool Field Officer webpage.
Early Start Kindergarten and Early Start Extension Grant
Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) is designed to enable children who can most benefit from early childhood education access to two years of a kindergarten service.
The Early Start Kindergarten Extension Grant is available for children who have accessed ESK funding as a three year old but are ineligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy in the year before school. It is also available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in sessional or integrated programs in long day care services, whether or not they have previously accessed ESK. More information is available in the following brochures:
What is Early Start Kindergarten?
Early Start Kindergarten for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
Three year old kindergarten
Three year old kindergarten programs are also offered at a number of community managed kindergarten services and long day care services. To enrol in three year old kindergarten please contact the individual kindergarten or service directly. Three-year-old kindergarten brochure 2016(DOCX, 294KB)