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4 Year Old Kindergarten/Preschool Registration

Changes to 4-year-old kindergarten registrations for 2021 and beyond

Was your child born between 1 January 2016 and 30 April 2017?

If your child was born between these dates, they are eligible for 4 year old kindergarten in 2021.  Registrations for 2021 will open on 1 March 2020.

From 2019 you no longer have to register two years ahead for 4-year-old kindergarten places. You only need to apply the year before your child will attend 4-year-old kindergarten.

Council manages central registrations for funded 4-year old kindergarten, for the 27 kindergartens within Banyule.

If you would like to register your child in a 4-year-old kindergarten program, you can:

  • download and complete the full form available under Related information;
  • visit one of the three Banyule Service Centres for a hard copy application form;

Registration forms can be submitted now for kindergarten places in 2019 and 2020.

Forms should be returned to Council as soon as possible as kindergarten places are allocated in date of registration order.

What is 4-year-old kindergarten?

Kindergarten is an early learning program for children in the year before school. When attending a kindergarten program your child’s self-confidence, ability to use and recognise language and physical skills is developed through play, art, dance, music and movement and interacting with others.

Click here for further information regarding kindergarten, from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

What can I expect?

  • A program delivered in accordance with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and National Quality Framework.
  • A broad range of experiences for your child that caters for all areas of learning.
  • A focus on knowing your child and providing experiences that match each child’s needs, strengths and interests.
  • Learning for your child through their active participation and through play based activities and experiences.
  • Preparation of a Transition Learning and Development Statement for your child’s transition into school the following year.

You will be given information about your child and their experiences, and you will also be consulted, supported and encouraged to share your ideas and insights.

Cost of kindergartens

Kindergarten placements are funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, making them affordable for all families. Families who have a current Health Care Card also receive subsidised kindergarten fees per term. Each individual kindergarten sets its own term fee. DEECD funding is payable to only one kindergarten, if your child also attends a registered kindergarten program within a Long Day Care centre,the funding goes towards the Community Managed kindergarten. Contact us on 9490 4222 for more information.

Is my child eligible for 4-year-old kindergarten?

Children are eligible to attend 4-year-old kindergarten if they will turn four years old by the 30th April in the year of attendance. Parents of children born in the months January through April, have the choice of which year to enrol their child. If your child will not be four years old at the start of his/her four year old kindergarten year, you will need to consider whether your child will benefit from attending kinder in the year of eligibility or the following year. A second year of kindergarten will only be approved for those children who have a proven developmental delay.

Priority of access for kindergarten places

Council follows the Department of Education Training’s (DET) funding priority guidelines along with priority groups set out in its endorsed Central Kindergarten Enrolment Policy.

3-year-old kindergarten

Most kindergartens offer 3-year-old kindergarten sessions. If you want to send your child to 3-year-old kindergarten, you will need to apply directly to the kindergarten(s) of your choice. Your child must have already turned 3 years old before starting at kindergarten. These sessions are not Government subsidised and are therefore more expensive.

Attendance in a 3-year old program does not guarantee that you will be offered a place in the 4-year-old program at the same kindergarten.

What happens to my child’s place if I defer their year of kindergarten?

If, before the start of the kindergarten year, you decide to defer your child's attendance until the following year, you will retain your original date and conditions of the enrolment. This option generally only applies to children born January to April, unless there are special circumstances.

Can I change my preferences?

You can vary your preferences until 31 May in the year prior to your child starting at kindergarten without your date of enrolment being affected. Variations after this date are treated as a new enrolment. When enrolling, you are encouraged to nominate three preferences. When changing preferences, please email with your child's name, date of birth, application number and what your new preferences are.

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