Enrolment

Three Year Old Kindergarten | non-funded

 

Three Year Old Kindergarten (non-funded)

The Stables Kindergarten processes three year old kindergarten applications directly.

Children must have turned three years of age by the 30th April, of the year they are commencing.

Enrolment applications will be accepted any time after the child has turned 2 years of age.

Enrolment application forms are available from the kindergarten and on our website.

  • A separate application form must be completed for each child, and for each proposed year of attendance at the kindergarten.
  • To facilitate the inclusion of all children into the program, enrolment applications should clearly identify any additional or specific needs of the child (refer to Inclusion and Equity Policy).
  • Completed enrolment application forms are to be forwarded to the Manager at the kindergarten, at PO Box 65 – Mill Park LPO 3082
  • Access to completed enrolment application forms will be restricted to the person responsible for the enrolment process, the Approved Provider, Nominated Supervisor and educators at the kindergarten, unless otherwise specified by the Approved Provider.
  • Applications will be entered on the waiting list using the eligibility and priority of access criteria.

 

1. Offer of places

  • Places will be allocated to applicants in accordance with the eligibility and priority of access criteria of the kindergarten.
  • Applicants who are successful will be notified in writing of a confirmed place in Term 3, in the year prior
    to the child attending.
  • Parents will be asked to notify the kindergarten of their acceptance of place and forward a $50.00 non-refundable enrolment fee. This fee will contribute towards the cost of processing the application and secure their child’s place in the program.
  • Parents/guardians who do not wish to accept the offer of a place, or intend to withdraw their enrolment, are requested to notify the manager, in writing as soon as possible.
  • An enrolment package will be provided after the place is accepted and the non-refundable enrolment fee has been received.

Note: Places will not be allocated to children until any substantial debt owed to the service by the family is paid, or a payment plan is agreed to between the family and the service (refer to Fees Policy).

 

2. Eligibility and access criteria for three-year-old children

Children are eligible for attendance in the three-year-old program provided they have turned three prior to the 30th April of the year they are commencing.

The Committee of Management will determine the eligibility criteria applicable to the kindergarten.

Considerations may include:

  • Priority of Access Children – children known to child protection and children regarded as vulnerable
  • Children that have the Stables Kindergarten as their 1st preference for 4 year old kindergarten
  • Siblings attending the kindergarten – existing families
  • Families that have had older children attend the Stables Kindergarten in previous years.
  • Local community zoning
  • Children that will attend a primary school in our local community

 

‘No Jab, No Play’

In January 2016, the Victorian Government  amended the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to reflect the new ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, this means that early childhood education and care services cannot enrol a child unless the parent/guardian has provided documentation that shows the child:

  • is fully vaccinated for their age, or;
  • is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations; or
  • has a medical reason not to be vaccinated

‘No Jab, No Play’ grace period provision:

Under the No Jab No Play law, a vulnerable and disadvantaged family can enrol a child in a kindergarten program under a grace period of 16 weeks, without having provided proof of up to date immunisation. The grace period provisions allow a family to continue to access early childhood education and care services while receiving information and assistance to get their child’s immunisations up to date and to obtain the required immunisation documentation that needs to be provided to the service.

Under the new ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation (effective January 2016), as part of this process, the kindergarten/early childhood service must obtain evidence, in the form of an Immunisation Statement that the child is:

  • Fully immunised for their age OR
  • On a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • Unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons

If a child’s immunisation record is not up to date, enrolment cannot be confirmed and the child cannot attend kindergarten.

An immunisation history statement can be obtained from ACIR by calling 1800 653 809, emailing acir@medicareaustralia.gov.au or by accessing on line www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/online

NOTE: For vulnerable and disadvantaged families, where a child’s immunisation is not up-to-date or the appropriate documentation has not been provided, the child may be able to be enrolled under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ grace period provisions.

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3 Year Old Application Form

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Enrolment and Orientation Policy

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Four Year Old Kindergarten | funded

The Stables Kindergarten is part of the City of Whittlesea Central Enrolment System.

All applications for a four year old place must be lodged with the City of Whittlesea Kindergarten Enrolment and Liason Officer (see below for further details)

If your child attends a 3 year old program at the Stables Kindergarten, they do not automatically receive a place for 4 year old kindergarten. Parents need to make a separate application through Council’s Kindergarten Enrolment and Liason Officer.

 

Eligibility for 4 year old funded kindergarten

 

Children are eligible to attend four year old kindergarten if they turn four years of age on or before 30 April in the year of attendance. All children are eligible for one year of four year old kindergarten in the year before they start school under the funding provided to kindergartens by the State Government.

 

‘No Jab, No Play’

 

In January 2016, the Victorian Government amended the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to reflect the new ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, this means that early childhood education and care services cannot enrol a child unless the parent/guardian has provided documentation that shows the child:

  • is fully vaccinated for their age, or;
  • is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations; or
  • has a medical reason not to be vaccinated

‘No Jab, No Play’ grace period provision:

Under the No Jab No Play law, a vulnerable and disadvantaged family can enrol a child in a kindergarten program under a grace period of 16 weeks, without having provided proof of up to date immunisation. The grace period provisions allow a family to continue to access early childhood education and care services while receiving information and assistance to get their child’s immunisations up to date and to obtain the required immunisation documentation that needs to be provided to the service.

Under the new ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation (effective January 2016), as part of this process, the kindergarten/early childhood service must obtain evidence, in the form of an Immunisation Statement that the child is:

  • Fully immunised for their age OR
  • On a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • Unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons

If a child’s immunisation record is not up to date, enrolment cannot be confirmed and the child cannot attend kindergarten.

An immunisation history statement can be obtained from ACIR by calling 1800 653 809, emailing acir@medicareaustralia.gov.au or by accessing on line www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/online

NOTE: For vulnerable and disadvantaged families, where a child’s immunisation is not up-to-date or the appropriate documentation has not been provided, the child may be able to be enrolled under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ grace period provisions.

 

Eligibility for second year placement

 

A child is eligible for a second year of kindergarten if the teacher assesses the child as having delays in at least two areas of development and that the child will benefit from a second year of kindergarten.

With the parent/guardian’s consent, and in consultation with the parent/guardian, the teacher completes an assessment and, if needed, may seek the support of other early childhood professionals. The teacher then sends a declaration of eligibility to Department of Education and Training.

 

Deferral from Kindergarten

 

Deferring refers to the process where a child’s original kindergarten application is postponed until the following year on the grounds that the child may not be ready for kindergarten.

An application may only be deferred prior to the kindergarten year starting.

Deferment may be a suitable option for children who are having difficulties in the kindergarten program based on their developmental level which reflects immaturity as opposed to significant delay.

This may be the case for a child whose skills and developmental level will improve with time, experience and the normal maturation process. An Early Childhood Educator can assist in informing parents/guardians about a child’s development.

 

Application Process

 

Applications are accepted from the first working day in March each year, two years prior to the year of kindergarten attendance.

Applications will close temporarily on 30 June in the year prior to attendance kindergarten in preparation for sending placement offers.

Applications received after 30 June will be accepted and processed later in the year.

Kindergarten offers are made according to the date they are received with priority given to at risk/vulnerable children. Families living, working, studying or accessing any type of child care within the City of Whittlesea are eligible to apply.

Parents of children born in the months of January to April, have the choice of which year to enrol their child, including the year the child is eligible or the following year.

 

How To Register Your Application:

 

Step 1:             To register an application, you need to complete a Four Year Old Kindergarten Application Form.

These forms can be obtained from:

  • Kindergartens
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres
  • Council Offices, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang
  • Shop MM9, 1st Floor Westfield Plenty Valley, 415 McDonalds Road, Mill Park
  • Whittlesea Community Connections, Pacific Epping
  • whitlesea.vic.gov.au

Step 2:             Fill in the personal details and nominate three kindergartens in order of preferenc

Step 3:              Attach the following documents to the Application Form:

  • Proof of child’s birth (eg: copy of birth certificate/extract or Maternal Child Health record book if you have visited a nurse in the City of Whittlesea)
  • Proof of address (residency) in the City of Whittlesea (eg: a copy of current driver’s licence, rates notice, telephone or water bill)
  • Non-residents must provide proof of primary child care and/or work arrangements within the municipality. If this is not possible a signed Statutory Declaration will suffice.
  • A non-refundable Application fee
  • Or
  • A copy of Health Care/Concession Card if applicable (no fee)

Step 4:             Sign and return the Application Form along with the documents as listed above.

 

Payment Methods

 

Payment of the application fee can be made by cash, cheque, money order or credit card (Mastercard or Visa only). See application form for details.

 

Application forms can be submitted:

 

In person:        Council Offices, 25 Ferres Blvd, South Morang  –  Business Hours 8:30am  –  5:00pm (Mon – Fri)

By Mail:            Kindergarten Enrolment Officer City of Whittlesea  –  Locked Bag 1  –  Bundoora MDC 3083

By Email:         keo@whittlesea.vic.gov.au (for credit card payments only or Health Care/Concession Card Applications)

By Fax:             9409 9822 (for credit card payments only or Health Care/Concession Card Applications

 

Confirmation of Placement

 

Kindergarten placement offers will be made via mail, starting in July the year before your child attends. These offers are made based on the date of application with consideration of priority of access children

Council’s Kindergarten Enrolment Officer will confirm your child’s kindergarten placement in writing.

If applications for a specific kindergarten are oversubscribed, either the second preference or third preference are offered.

Note: Places will not be allocated to children until any substantial debt owed to the service by the family is paid, or a payment plan is agreed to between the family and the service (refer to Fees Policy).

 

Application Changes:

 

Change of preferences, address or contact details

It is most important that you notify Council in writing of any kindergarten preference changes, change of address or contact phone number as soon as possible. This can be done using an online form or a Change of Information Form.

Deferment of kindergarten application

You may defer your child’s application to the following year prior to your child starting kindergarten. This can be done online or you can complete a Deferment of Kindergarten Application form.

To have a Change of Information or Deferment of Kindergarten Application sent to you, contact Council’s Kindergarten Enrolment Officer. Alternatively you may submit an online form or download hard copy forms from:

 

 

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