Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
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What do I know need to know about four year old kindergarten?
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
Can my child go to kindergarten for more than one year
Children who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, known to Child Protection or referred by Child Protection to Child FIRST can attend kindergarten for free or at low cost for two years before they commence primary school, usually starting when they are three years old (Early Start Kindergarten). Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) is designed to enable children who can most benefit from early childhood education access to two years of 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. Some children with developmental delays who complete four year old kindergarten may benefit from completing a second year of funded kindergarten before attending school. A criteria applies, and any concerns should be discussed with the child’s teacher.
What happens after I have enrolled?
Can I change my preferences?
Preferences can either be changed through the Parent Portal or by completing the Change of Preference form. Preferences can be changed up until the 31st May in the year prior to your child starting at kindergarten without your date of enrolment application being affected. Changes after this date will not be considered in the first round of allocations but will after subsequent rounds.
How do kindergarten offers get made?
Council has developed a Priority of Access guidelines inline with government expectations on access and equity.