How do I choose a kindergarten?
It is recommended that parents visit several kindergartens to obtain information concerning session times, fees and individual enrolment policies before nominating their preferred kindergartens on the application form.
Please be aware, differences in individual kindergartens’ enrolment policies may influence your child’s enrolment.
More information: Monash kindergartens
What is the difference between kindergarten and childcare?
Both services offer an early childhood education program delivered by qualified staff.
Sessional Kindergartens only operate a program for their specified times for children three to five years- refer to the link to the kindergarten’s own website for their timetable.
Kindergartens and childcare centres both provide each child with a broad range of play-based experiences that are responsive to children’s interests, ideas, strengths, and abilities.
Childcare centres operate for the full day for children aged birth to 5 years, which may include a funded kindergarten program during part of the day.
Are there alternative services that provide kindergarten?
- Caulfield Grammar School, 74-82 Jells Rd, Wheelers Hill - 8562 5300
- Huntingtower Pre-Prep, 77 Waimarie Dr, Mt Waverley - 9807 8888
- Maria Montessori, 751-755 Ferntree Gully Rd, Wheelers Hill - 9545 0764
- Waverley Montessori, 2 Einstein Ave, Mulgrave - 9546 2289
- Wesley College ELC, 620 High Street Rd, Glen Waverley - 8102 6500
What is preschool?
There is no difference between preschool and kindergarten. It is an alternative name for the same educational 3 and 4 year old program
What does it cost to attend kindergarten?
Operating costs for 4 year old kindergarten sessions are partially subsidised by the State Government with the remainder covered by parents’ fees.
To balance their budget, fees are set by the Committee of Management and are based on the hours of attendance and the number of children attending the service.
State Government does not fund three year old kindergarten sessions for most students, although exceptions may apply for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and children known to child protection.
The kindergartens depend almost entirely on fees to operate 3 year old sessions. More information regarding fees is available from the kindergarten (pdf, 722KB).
Am I eligible for the Child Care Benefit?
The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate are Commonwealth Government subsidies to help cover the cost of child care. A child must attend a service approved for CCB in order to be eligible to claim the rebate.
A child enrolled in a long day care service is not eligible for a kindergarten fee subsidy where approved CCB is applied to the fee charged for the time spent in the kindergarten program.
Please visit the Department of Human Services, Family Assistance website
Does my Concession Card entitle me to any kindergarten benefits?
Current Government funding covers the cost of 15 hours of four year old kindergarten for all concession cardholders. You may be asked for a deposit to confirm your acceptance of a place; this will then be refunded to you.
Three year old kindergarten sessions are not funded by State Government for most students, exceptions may apply for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders and children known to child protection. The kindergartens depend almost entirely on fees to operate 3 year old sessions. More information regarding fees is available from the kindergarten.
Differing kindergarten policies
Each kindergarten develops their own policies that cover many areas of a kindergartens operation.
Some areas they may cover include:
- Taking of photos
- Children’s allergies, etc.
Polices are available to view at the individual kindergartens.
Further information can be obtained from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
If you have concerns about your child’s kindergarten readiness please speak with your local kindergarten educator or contact the Preschool Field Officer on 9518 3549 or view information on additional support for your child: Deferring or Delaying.
Do I need a Birth Certificate
A birth certificate is not required when applying to the Central Registration Scheme. The kindergarten will ask for a copy of the certificate on enrolment.
Do I need an Immunisation Certificate
An immunisation certificate is not required when applying to the Central Registration Scheme. The kindergarten will ask for a copy of the certificate on enrolment.
Can my child attend kindergarten if they are not toilet trained?
Children cannot be excluded from attending kindergarten because they are not toilet trained. Please speak to the educator at the centre if you have any concerns.
Maternal and Child Health Centre check reminder
It is recommended that your child attend a Maternal & Child Health Centre for health, developmental and vision screening at 3½ years of age. For more information, visit Maternal Health.
Primary school enrolment
In most cases you will be able to enrol your child into the government primary school nearest to where you live.
However, some primary schools need to restrict their enrolments, and the number of students they can take, to a particular area or zone around the actual school. This means that certain schools can only take students from a specific neighbourhood area. Where your permanent residential address is will determine whether your child is eligible to enrol in that school.
These enrolment restrictions are sometimes referred to as residential boundaries, school zones, enrolment ceilings or enrolment caps.
You should ask the primary school you are interested in whether they have any residential boundaries restricting their enrolments and if so, the extent of the school’s neighbourhood area.
There are usually no waiting lists for government schools-this may not apply to Catholic and private schools, you will need to check with your local school.
For further information, please contact:
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website or call the department on 8392 9333.
What does it mean if my kindergarten is managed by an Early Years Management Service?
Several kindergartens in Monash are administered by organisations known as Early Years Management Service (EYMS). These organisations are responsible for the overall management of kindergarten services. The major responsibilities include; employing staff, compliance with regulatory and funding requirements, demonstrating good governance, and financial management, strategic planning for and implementing key government initiatives and contributing to early years planning.
There are two cluster managers operating in the City of Monash.
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