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4 Year Old Enrolment

Thank you for your interest in our 4 year old program. Our experienced educators are committed to providing quality play based learning opportunities for your child.

The Kindergarten has as open door policy so you are welcome to visit anytime to see a session in action and talk to our experienced educators, otherwise each year we have an open day which welcomes all parents and children to come along and check out the kindergarten please see our home page (events) for additional information.

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Eligibility

Children turning four before the 30th of April in the year they start kindergarten can enrol.

Your child is entitled to receive one year of funded kindergarten in the year before school. Once your child is enrolled at Chelsea Heights Kinder, it means you have claimed your funded year of 4 year old kinder. 
You cannot be enrolled or attending a funded kindergarten program at another service.

If you or the educators hold concerns about your child's development, a second year of funded 4 year old kinder may be considered if they have a developmental delay in 2 or more areas.

Registrations

Registration is Free. You only need to register once per child (if you registered your child for three-year-old kindergarten, you DO NOT need to register again for four-year-old kindergarten). Registrations for four year old kindergarten are managed by Kingston City Council - Central Registrations team. Kingston Council will email you and ask for your kinder and group preferences in the last week of April. You must complete the form by the date they provide. Registrations close 30 June 2024 for first round offers.

Once you have completed the form from council, if you need to make any amendments including change of address, or you now have a healthcare card etc or if your child now qualifies for Priority of Access please ensure you notify Kingston council asap via email, kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au or call them on 9581 4851.

*Priority of Access

In accordance with State Government guidelines, children are eligible for allocation priority if they:

• are at risk of abuse or neglect;

• are in out-of-home care;

• have an additional need, eg seeing a speech pathologist, Occupational Therapist or applying for or already accessing NDIS.

• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

• Child or Parent holds an Asylum seeker or refugee visa

• Eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy;

• Four-year-old year eligible for another year of funded kindergarten or;

• have delayed starting kindergarten.

* Children with Priority of Access are allocated first, regardless of proximity or prior connection.

Process

Children allocated a place will receive an email of offer from Kingston Council by between 29 July - 2 August 2024 from first round offers. If you receive an offer, parent/guardians must respond by the date stated in their letter of offer to secure a place. Failure to do so will result in the allocated space being deemed as available for reallocation.

Children that have secured a place at the our kinder will be emailed a confidential enrolment form which you are required to attach your child's birth certificate, immunisation records, and working with children's check for both parents/guardians. This usually happens around Aug/Sep. You will then be invited to our Meet & Greet day, where you have another chance to see the kinder and meet follow class mates. This is usually held in Term 4.

Parents will also be invited to an adults only online information & AGM night, where we discuss more of the program including how to join our Committee of Management and a chance for parents to have any questions answered, this is held in Term 4.

To find out more about the registration process including the enrolment criteria and allocation process please visit 

https://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/services/families-and-children/childcare-and-early-learning/kindergarten#section-2

Group allocations

You request the group you'd prefer when you fill out the preference form from Kingston Central registration team. They then allocate you based on their criteria. Unfortunately Chelsea Heights Kinder have no say on group allocations.

Waiting list

From time to time vacancies arise through children moving away or deferring kindergarten. A waiting list is maintained to fill vacancies. For the most up to date information on vacancies and the waiting list please email or call Kingston Central Registration officer. 

No Jab, No Play

From 1 January 2016, an early childhood education and care service cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/carer has provided documentation that shows the child:

• is fully vaccinated for their age; or

• is on a recognised catch-up schedule and is on track with the catchup schedule; or

• has a medical reason not to be vaccinated

 

Timetable - Possums & Wombats

To view our timetable, please click the button below.

 
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Feel free to join our 2025 Enrolments Facebook group to keep up to date.

 

Information Booklet

To Learn more about our kindergarten please email office@chelseaheightskinder.vic.edu.au for your copy of the information handbook.

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