Enrolments and fees

Enrolment Procedures

Kindergartens in the City of Darebin operate under a central enrolment scheme. Enrolment can now be competed online via the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System Portal.

For information on the central enrolment process please visit the City of Darebin website or contact the City of Darebin kindergarten centralised enrolment team on 8470 8825 or registration.kindergartenchildcare@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Online applications for enrolment will be confirmed by City of Darebin by instantaneous email and you will then be contacted by council later at a later date regarding placement. After a family has confirmed to council acceptance of a place with Alfred Nuttall Kindergarten, we will contact you to confirm enrolment details and provide information about groups, timetable, a parent information night and orientation days for the children.

To visit our kinder or discuss the program, please telephone us on 9489 0262.

Enrolment Eligibility

For your child to be eligible to attend three year old kindergarten, he/she must turn three years of age by the 30th of April.  Children must be three years of age before they commence kindergarten. If your child turns three years of age during February, March or April, please contact the kindergarten to discuss your options.

For your child to be eligible to attend four year old kindergarten, he/she must turn four years of age by the 30th of April that year.

The State Government subsidises one year of four year old kindergarten for every child and only in special cases can approval be given for a second year.  As such it is important to consider your child’s readiness to commence four year old kindergarten and school in the following year.

The kindergarten teachers have experience in considering issues related to your child’s education and are happy to discuss any queries you may have about your child starting kindergarten.

Immunisation requirements – No Jab No Play

From 1 January 2016, all parents/guardians seeking to enrol their child at an early childhood service in Victoria, including kindergarten, must provide evidence that their child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

For further details about No Jab, No Play, see the FAQs on the Victorian government’s health.vic website: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/immunisation/vaccination-children/no-jab-no-play/frequently-asked-questions


Fees

The fees for 2020 are:

  • Three-year-old program: $335 per term plus fundraising levy of $25
  • Four-year-old program: $475 per term plus fundraising levy of $25 (free for eligible children – see below)
  • Bush kinder: $395 per term

Note: Term 2 and Term 3 fees have been waived in 2020 due to disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The term fees include a $25 fundraising levy to support the delivery of high-quality kindergarten program, in lieu of the kindergarten community undertaking fundraising activities throughout the year.

The four-year-old program is subsidised by the Victorian government. Parents are required to nominate which centre their child will undertake the funded four-year-old program (this is relevant if your child currently attends a child care program that incorporates a kindergarten program) as each child is entitled to one lot of funding only.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy for the four-year-old program

The Victorian government provides a Kindergarten Fee Subsidy to eligible children to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten for free.

Your child is eligible in any of the following circumstances:

  • if your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ​​
  • if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).
  • or if your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:
    • a Commonwealth Health Care Card
    • a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
    • a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card​
    • Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)
    • Bridging visas for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas.

If your family or child has a humanitarian or refugee visa listed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which is not included in the above list, your child may still be eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy. Please contact the kindergarten directly for more information.

The three year-old kindergarten program is self-funded and there are no government concessions.

Kindergarten fee deposit

To secure a child’s place at the service, a kindergarten fee deposit of $100 is payable on acceptance of a place. The deposit is retained as part payment on term one fees.

Families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are not required to pay the deposit. Families experiencing hardship should discuss any difficulties with the service.

Further information is available from the Fees Policy.

The Alfred Nuttall Memorial Kindergarten community welcomes all children and families and celebrates and respects our diversity. We share a commitment to equity and all children’s right to a quality education.

 

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