Apply Online: Kinder applications, enrolments and supporting info

Kindergarten Enrolment Information

It is important for parents to consider when is the best time for their child to start school – as this will determine the best time to attend kindergarten, (DET 2011). For more information about kindergartens visit the Department of Education and Training website.

Kindergarten Application Information

Applications forms are available online (see section titled 'Kindergarten Application Forms for 2021) for a place in community based Baw Baw Kindergartens.

Separate forms will need to be completed for pre-kindergarten (three year old) and four year old kindergarten programs. There is no automatic follow on of positions from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten programs at the same service. An application fee of $25 per application is to be paid. This is a non refundable application fee. The fee is waived for concession card holders applying for Four Year Old kinder. Please email the Kindergarten Enrolment Officer or call 5624 2540 regarding any kindergarten enrolment queries.

How do I know which year to send my child to kindergarten?

These dates are the earliest a child can attend school and kindergarten.

If your child was born between

Year eligible to attend 3 year old Pre Kindergarten

Year eligible to attend 4 year old Kindergarten

Year eligible to attend school

1.5.2015 – 30.4.2016

2019

2020

2021

1.5.2016 – 30.4.2017

2020

2021

2022

1.5.2017 – 30.4.2018

2021

2022

2023

1.5.2018 – 30.4.2019

2022

2023

2024

Please note:

  • Children are required to start school by the time they turn six.
  • You need to work back from the year your child will start school.
  • Children are funded for one year of kindergarten in the year before they commence school.
  • Children who withdraw from a state funded four year old kindergarten program – once they commenced – will not be funded for a second year anywhere in Victoria.
  • A second year of funding can still be applied for if a child has significant developmental delays in two areas.
  • If your child is born between January to April 30 you may choose to defer sending them until the following year. For example: if your child was born on April 1 2015 you may choose to have them attend four year old kindergarten in 2020, instead of 2019. Contact the Kindergarten Enrolment Officer on 5624 2540 for further information about deferral.

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

Research shows that engaging children in high quality learning experiences benefits all children and their families and can improve a child’s learning and development outcomes, emotional wellbeing, their longer term educational and social outcomes and life experience. It is vital that children receive these benefits when they are emotionally and socially ready for the experience.

The State Government provide kindergarten funding to subsidise 15 hours of kindergarten per week for each child in the year before school. A second year of kindergarten is available for children who meet the eligibility criteria, and are deemed to have a developmental delay in at least two areas. However, funding will not be available if a child is ‘not ready’ for kindergarten. It is important to note that the majority of children are only eligible for ONE year of funded kindergarten.

Criteria for attending a 3 year old pre kindergarten program

Children must be three years of age before attending a pre kindergarten program. Children turning three after the commencement of Term One can apply.  A place will be allocated to children that turn 3 from February to April, on the condition that the fees be paid for the full year, or the option of remaining on the waiting list until after the child’s third birthday.

Criteria for attending a 4 year old kindergarten program

Children are eligible to attend kindergarten if they are turning four before the end of April in any given year. Some parents choose to wait an extra year, especially if their child is born between January and April. The conversations about when a child is ready for kindergarten and also when a child is ready for school need to take place before the child begins their funded kindergarten year. Your decision is critical with long reaching implications for your child.

Areas to consider when thinking about sending your child to kindergarten include emotional maturity and social confidence.

Questions to ask yourself in considering readiness:

  • Can he or she separate easily from me?
  • Can they be understood by other people?
  • Can they express their needs clearly?
  • Do they have the stamina to attend and enjoy a full kindergarten session?

Speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse, Kindergarten Teacher, Child Care Educator or Pre-School Field Officer if you are unsure of your child’s readiness. Additionally, you may consider contacting your child’s intended Primary School to discuss their policy and practice regarding the enrolment of young children.

Please note: from 2014 children will not be able to withdraw and recommence in a state funded place once they start their kindergarten year. Parents are advised to determine when they want their child to attend school and work back from there with regards to kindergarten attendance.

Preference of Kindergarten – How do I know which centre to choose?

Fourteen Community Kindergartens in Baw Baw municipality are currently part of the Central Enrolment process. The application process allows you to state your order of preference for Kindergartens.

Each year parents are able to attend Kindergarten Open Sessions to visit centres. When considering which centre to choose, please note that teachers may change location from year to year.

Click here to see a list of kindergartens.

Additional funding for children with special needs

The Kindergarten Inclusion Support Service offers supplementary assistance to kindergartens to support the inclusion of a child with special needs into the program. Applications are made by the Kindergarten Teacher in consultation with parents, early childhood intervention agencies and Preschool Field Officers. Applications are made in the year prior to the child starting kindergarten and strict criteria exist for an application to be made. Please speak to the Preschool Field Officer on 5624 2540 for further information on funding availability to children with special needs. 

For further information visit the Preschool Field Office webpage.

Kindergarten Places Expression of Interest

From the moment your child turns 18 months of age, you are welcome to complete an ‘Expression of Interest’ for a future kindergarten placement.

Once completed, you will be kept up to date with kinder information and be notified when the application process opens for your child’s enrolment year.

Kindergarten Application Forms for 2020

2020 

Vacancies are still available for 2020. Please fill in the application form.

Kindergarten Applications Forms for 2021

Applications for 2021 kindergarten places are now open. To be included in first round offers, please apply by 30 June 2020. 

First round offers

First round offers for 4 year old places will be sent out in August for applications received prior to June 30. Any applications received after this date will be received as a late application and offers will be sent out after first round offers are finalised.

First round offers for 3 year old places will be sent out in September for applications received prior to June 30. Any applications received after this date will be received as a late application and offers will be sent out after first round offers are finalised. Please note that this is not a funded program.

For more information about kindergarten enrolments in Baw Baw Shire Council, or if you are unable to access online, please phone 5624 2540 or email the Kindergarten Enrolment Officer.

Kindergarten Management and Fee Information

Council does not operate or manage any of the kindergartens in Baw Baw Shire. They are operated by an Early Years Manager in accordance with the State Government’s Early Years Management policy framework.

Fee structures are set by the individual Early years Managers which operate the kinder.

3 year old pre-kindergarten is a non funded program. All costs are borne by families of children attending.

Four year old kinder places are heavily subsidised by a combination of State and Federal funding. The fee charged to parents is a gap fee, not the full cost of delivering the program.

For families on eligible concession cards, the program is free to access. For those without a concession card but unable to pay in full, payment plans are available.

For further information, please phone 5624 2540 or email the Kindergarten Enrolment Officer.

Change in Personal Details

If your personal details have changed, please complete a Change of Details form in the supporting information section of this page or visit the Family and Children’s Services centre at 144 Normanby Street, Warragul.