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Places still available for 3y/o & 4y/o Kindergarten in 2017!

Fees

The Fees for 4 Year Old Preschool for each child per Term are set at $380 for the 2017 Kindergarten year.

The Fees for 3 Year Old Preschool for each child per Term are set at $205 for the 2017 Kindergarten year.

Fees are paid one Term in advance and are due on the first day of each Term. Government subsidies cover the cost of Health Care Card holder’s fees (4 Year Old Preschool only), when a copy of your H.C.C is supplied to the Fees Officer. Excursions and special visitors are an additional cost.

Mornington Peninsula Shire supports the delivery of kindergarten services for families by providing community infrastructure and Kindergarten Central Registration (KCR).

Registrations for both three and four year old kindergarten is managed centrally by Council for all kindergartens operating in Council owned and maintained community buildings.

Kindergarten Central Registration

Kindergarten central registration is a streamlined and transparent application and allocation process that is fair and equitable for all families to support access to community kindergarten programs across the Shire.

Registration will be centrally managed for three year old kindergarten, three year old programs provided in a kinder setting and four year old kindergarten (see definition section)

Registration Period

The registration period for both three and four year old kindergarten applications will open at 9:00am on Wednesday the 1st of March 2017 and close midnight Sunday the 2nd of July 2017.

Registrations will be taken during the registration period for children who are eligible to attend in the following year. Eg. Register in 2017 for attendance in 2018.

Registration Process

During the registration period, families complete and submit an application form along with the required supporting documentation (see Mornington Peninsula Shire website for supporting documentation requirements)

Applications will only be processed when all relevant information and supporting documentation has been supplied. Incomplete application forms will be returned to the family via post for completion and are required to be returned within the registration period.

On the registration form families nominate the kindergarten that they want their child to attend.

Changes can be made to the nominated kindergarten during the three month registration period, however any changes made after the registration period will result in the application being deemed a late application.

Families will receive confirmation (via their preferred method listed on the registration form) that their application has been received.

Application Forms

Application forms are available at:

Submitting Application Forms

Application forms along with supporting documentation can be submitted via a number of options:

  • Online at www.mornpen.vic.gov.au (preferred method)
  • In person at Mornington Peninsula Shire customer service centre’s
  • Via post addressed to:

Kindergarten Central Registration
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud 3939

There is a $12.00 registration fee applicable for all applications (Health Care Card holders are not required to pay the registration fee)

Families will receive confirmation that their application has been received.

Allocation Process

Eligible registrations received during the registration period will be listed for allocation.

Priority will be provided to residents or ratepayers of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. Non-residents or ratepayers may be allocated places after all resident/ratepayer registrations have been exhausted.

Allocation of kindergarten places will commence in June for four year old kindergarten and in October for three year old kindergarten.

Kindergartens are required to advise the central registration team by the first Monday in June of the number of places likely to be required for children requiring a second year of kindergarten.

Kindergarten offers will be sent out via email at the end of July for four year old kindergarten and the end of August for three year old kindergarten.

Accepting an Offer

Acceptance of the offered kindergarten place is to be made direct to Council by the method and due date stated in the letter of offer.

Once an offer has been accepted, families will receive information regarding the enrolment day and enrolment procedures of the kindergarten.

Declining an Offer

Declining the offered kindergarten place is to be made direct to Council by the method and due date stated in the letter of offer.

Placement offers not accepted by the due date and any declined offers will be deemed as available for reallocation.

Allocation Criteria

For some kindergartens the number of applications may be greater than the number of available places, in this situation places will be allocated in the following order:

  1. Families who are a resident or ratepayer of the Mornington Peninsula Shire
  2. Children with identified vulnerabilities (as endorsed by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission)
  3. Children who have had a sibling attend the same 4 year old kindergarten in the preceding 4 year period (this criterion does not apply for 3 year old kindergarten places)

If after using the above order of allocation, there are still a greater number of applications than available places at the specified kindergarten; the remaining places will be determined by a random ballot.

Late Registrations

Applications received outside of the registration period which meets the eligibility criteria will be placed on a holding list.

After the applications received during the registration period have been allocated places, the holding list will be used to allocate any unused places.

Places allocated from the holding list will be determined using the allocation criteria as described above

Non Resident/Ratepayer of Mornington Peninsula Shire

Applications received from non-residents or rate payers of the Mornington Peninsula Shire may be considered for Shire kindergarten places only after all residents or ratepayers who wish to take up an available place have been allocated a place.

Families not receiving a Kindergarten Place

If a family does not receive an offer of a kindergarten place, they will be contacted by the Shire’s

Kindergarten Central Registration Team to discuss possible options for the families consideration.

This could include;

  • Information about kindergartens in the general area that have unallocated places
  • Inclusion on a waiting list for the preferred kindergarten in the event that places become available
  • Changing the kindergarten preference

Definitions

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to attend three year old kindergarten, children must turn three years of age before the 1st of February in the year they start three year old kindergarten.
  • To be eligible to attend four year old kindergarten, children must turn four years of age before the 30th April in the year they start kindergarten.

Three year old kindergarten:

A kindergarten program provided to three year old children that is planned and delivered by a degree qualified Early Childhood Educator.

 

Four year old kindergarten:

A one year funded kindergarten program provided to four year old children in the year before they start primary school that is planned and delivered by a degree qualified Early Childhood Educator.

Please Note:

If it is determined that incorrect information has been provided in either the registration or allocation of a kindergarten place; the Shire reserves the right to rescind the kindergarten offer and re-allocate the place.

For further information, please visit www.mornpen.vic.gov.au or contact the central registration team: via email to kindergarten@mornpen.vic.gov.au or call 5950 1650