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Kindergarten Fees

Each Early Childhood Education Service (kindergarten) managed by ECKA  receive  funding through Government to operate the 4 year old kindergarten program in the year before school. Government funding amounts to 65% of the total revenue required to operate a service.

ECKA has to set kindergarten attendance fees to cover the gap between this funding and the cost of running the centre. This varies depending on the hours of attendance, group sizes and extra costs such as excursions.

To operate an engaging and interactive educational program at our kinder we undertake fundraising activities. Successful fundraising campaigns enable  kindergartens to significantly improve both indoor and outdoor educational  environments, through the purchase of play equipment or the purchase of plants and landscaping items.

Additionally, 3 year old unfunded programs rely heavily on fundraising in order to cover the operating cost.

Participation in fundraising is voluntary and services endeavour to raise funds through varied events and community programs.

For the current fee schedule for you kindergarten/preschool please contact the ECKA office on (03) 5339 5055.

How do I get the kindergarten fee subsidy?

Complete the fee information form given to you on enrolment at the kindergarten, or let staff know your child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, when you are enrolling your child in kindergarten or at the start of the kindergarten year.

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 the kindergarten, so that kindergarten is free for your child or provided at a greatly reduced cost.

For more information contact ECKA on (03) 5339 5055.

Free or low-cost kindergarten

You can access free kindergarten (or kindergarten at minimal cost) if you or your child has one of the concession cards or visas listed in the table below, your child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or you have triplets or quadruplets attending in the same year.

Concession cards and Visas

  • Health Care Card
  • Asylum Seeker Bridging Visa A-F
  • Resolution of Status (RoS) Visa, Class CD, Subclass 851
  • Temporary Protection/Humanitarian Visa 447, 451, 785 or 786
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Refugee and Special Humanitarian Visa 200-217
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold Card

This is because the Victorian Government funds a kindergarten fee subsidy to provide for 15 hours of a kindergarten program per week for free. If your local kindergarten program is for more than 15 hours per week, you may receive those extra hours for free, or you may have to pay for the extra hours only.

Payment Options

Pay Online via Credit Card

Click here to make a Credit card payment through a secure portal.

It is very important when paying your fees via the internet that you clearly reference your transaction.

This will ensure your payment will be allocated to the correct Kindergarten/Preschool.

Please ensure you:

Put your child’s first name, followed by the initial of their surname and the unique number that is allocated to each individual Kindergarten, as a description of your transaction/s. This number can be found at the top of your invoice.

e.g. John C  01

Pay via Credit Card or Eftpos over the phone

Pay by Credit card or Eftpos over the phone to the ECKA office on 03 5339 5055

Pay via Direct Deposit

Direct deposit into the ECKA account via internet Banking:

Account Name: ECKA
BSB: 704 -191
A/C No: 173671 

It is very important when paying your fees via the internet that you clearly reference your transaction. This will ensure your payment will be allocated to the correct Kindergarten/Preschool.

Please ensure you:

Put your child’s first name, followed by the initial of their surname and the unique number that is allocated to each individual Kindergarten, as a description of your transaction/s. This number can be found at the top of your invoice.

e.g. John C  01

Pay by Cheques or Money Orders

Cheques or money orders, made payable to Eureka Community Kindergarten Association Inc.

Pay by Cash

Cash payment directly to the ECKA office or at the kinder/preschool BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY. Please phone the ECKA office to make this arrangement on 5339 5055.