What information do I need to provide before commencing Kindergarten/preschool?
When enrolling your child you need to provide the following information:
- your child’s name and address and details of any special needs .
- information about yourself and any other parents, carers or guardians in your child’s life.
- details of people who can collect your child • information about their medical health and immunisation status.
- a copy of your child’s birth certificate.
How do I prepare my child for Kindergarten?
There are a range of things you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten:
• talking to your child about what to expect
• reading to your child every day • encouraging your child to be independent by giving them time by themselves
• packing a change of clothes for your child and labelling all belongings
• encouraging your child to dress themselves, so they can manage tasks like taking their jumper on and off
• having practice runs taking your child to the kindergarten before their first day
• coming up with a goodbye ritual. At first you may want to stay to make sure your child feels secure, but once they settle in, a short goodbye encourages independence
• keeping kindergarten staff informed of changes in your child's life that might affect their experiences at kindergarten (source,DEECD)
Does my child need to be immunised before commencing kindergarten?
Yes, the Victorian Government's new No Jab, No Play law requires all Victorian children to have a record of immunisation to be enrolled in childcare and kindergarten, unless they have a medical reason.
For more information regarding immunisation, please follow the link; www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
How do I get the kindergarten fee subsidy?
ECKA will claim for the fee subsidy from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on your behalf. The payment is made directly to ECKA, so that kindergarten is free for your child or provided at a greatly reduced cost. For more information contact ECKA on 5339 5055
When do I enrol my child in kindergarten?
Starting kindergarten is an important milestone in the lives of both you and your child. To be eligible to enroll in a funded 4 year old kindergarten program, your child must be at least four years old by 30 April of the year they are starting kindergarten. Some kindergartens run programs for three-year-old children, but this program is charged at the full fee and is not part of the kindergarten fee subsidy, unless you are eligible for Early Start Kindergarten.
To decide if your child is ready to start kindergarten, talk to your maternal and child health nurse about your child’s health and wellbeing. Click here to find out more about enrolling in kindergarten.
The earliest you can lodge an application is anytime in the year your child turns 2 years of age.