Preschools - frequently asked questions
Preschool enrolments are accepted the year preceding preschool attendance. To be eligible for the first round of allocations, enrolment applications need to be submitted by July 31 in the year before preschool attendance.
Yes. A copy of your child’s immunisation record is required to be included with the enrolment application. Confirmation of Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession, or visa status may need to be sighted.
The first round of allocations are notified by August 31 each year. To be eligible for the first round allocations, enrolment applications need to be submitted by July 31 in the year before preschool attendance.
The Victorian Government subsidises one year of full-time (15 hours per week) preschool, in the year prior to your child attending primary school. Children are eligible to attend the 15-hour program in the year before primary school if they have turned four by April 30 in the year they attend preschool.
Children are eligible to attend the three-year-old (three-hour) program once they have turned three years of age. Children need to have turned three years of age by April 30 in the year that they attend the three-hour program and in addition must be aged three before attending.
If your child does not fall into these general categories, for example, February to April birth dates, you can contact the early years team to discuss your options on (02) 6022 9300.
Please refer to the Preschool Enrolment Procedural Guideline for full details.
The first round of allocations is made in August. As you can appreciate, not all children are able to be allocated their first preference. If you wish to discuss your allocation, please phone the early years team on (02) 6022 9300.
Preschools are only partially funded by the Victorian Government, leaving a shortfall in the costs of operating the service. This shortfall is met through council contribution and parent fees. Some families are exempt from preschool fees. Please visit education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/kindergarten for eligibility details.
Yes, open days are held in June each year. If you miss the open days; inspections of the centres are available by appointment.
Preschool term dates are in line with Victorian primary school terms. Please refer to the Preschool Information Booklet for full details of commencement dates.
In some circumstances positions may be allocated to non-residents. You will need to discuss with the early years team on (02) 6022 9300 to see if any such positions are available.
Parents are welcome to be involved in the various aspects of the operation of the preschool including program development, policy, social activities and day-to-day classroom activities. By this involvement, the transition from preschool is made easier for your child as you can provide staff with valuable insights into the specific needs and abilities of your child. Please discuss with your preschool teacher how you would like to participate in the preschool community.
Yes, children can attend a long day care centre and a stand-alone preschool. However, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) will only fund the preschool program in one organisation. Parents must nominate which organisation the funding will go to.
If you nominate the long day care centre to receive the preschool government funding, then you will need to pay the full fee to attend a council-owned preschool.
Please refer to the Preschool Information Booklet, page 4 for details.
Last updated: 26-08-2014
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