Kindergarten

Kindergarten in the City of Melton

Melton City Council manages the central registration process for 24 kindergartens within the municipality in order to facilitate the placement of children into funded kindergarten programs in the two years prior to attending primary school.

Melton City Council has a licence agreements with One Tree Community Services, BPA Children’s Services, ECMS, TRY Australia, Kororoit Creek Primary School, Creekside k-9 College and Springside Prep -9 College to manage the operations of kindergartens from council owned facilities.

Council also administer kindergarten registrations for Melton Uniting Kindergarten.

Council works closely with these early years managers to ensure programs are of a high quality and meet the needs of the community.

Kindergarten applications!

Kindergarten Applications for 2022 are now open.
If your preferred Kindergarten(s) are full, you will remain on a Wait List.
From mid September onwards, families will begin to receive information from Kindergartens directly regarding orientation details.
Non-resident applications will be reviewed mid November and you will be notified of outcome.

Grasslands Kindergarten
The Grasslands Kindergarten is opening January 2022.
Download the Grasslands Kindergarten flyer(PDF, 263KB).

 

You can register your child online for Kindergarten 2021 & 2022

 

4 year old kindergarten

Your child must be 4 years old by 30 April in the year your child attends kindergarten to be eligible for a funded 4 year old kindergarten place.

 

3 year old kindergarten

Your child must be 3 years old by 30 April in the year your child attends kindergarten to be eligible for a funded 3 year old kindergarten place.

 

Download the 2022 kindergarten information Booklet(PDF, 6MB) .


 

The Parent Portal

Kindergarten registrations are linked to a parent portal.  This will provide you with access to your processed application by enabling you to:

  • make changes to Kindergarten preferences (prior to first round offers)
  • acceptance of offer (after offer letters have been received)
  • decline an offer (after offer letters have been received)
  • cancel a placement.

Parent portal - in order to access the parent portal you will need to use your application ID.
Please note: your application ID will be included in the confirmation that you will receive from Council within 4 weeks after you submit your registration.

 

Kindergarten Registrations!

Do you have a child who will be ready to attend 3 or 4 year old kindergarten in 2021 or 2022? Submit your registration online now.

How do I register my child for kindergarten?

Melton City Council runs a Central Registration and Enrolment Scheme (CRES) which makes it easier for you to register your child for kindergarten for the 24 services in the City of Melton that participate in the scheme. 

You can register your child online for Kindergarten 2021 & 2022, or by completing a paper form.

You can get a paper form by asking for one at the below locations:

  • Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton
  • Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street Melton
  • Caroline Springs Civic Centre/Library- 193-199 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

or by:

downloading and printing the 2022 Kindergarten Application form(PDF, 6MB)

downloading and printing the 2021 Kindergarten Application form(PDF, 5MB), or by asking your MCH nurse.

You can return the completed printed form to us via:

Post: Melton Civic Centre, PO Box 21, Melton 3337

or emal: kindergartens@melton.vic.gov.au.

Your child must be 4 years old by 30 April the year your child attends Kindergarten to be eligible for a funded 4 year old kindergarten place.

  • The application fee for 2022 is $31. 
  • The application fee for 2021 is $30.

What do I need to register?

The registration form will ask you for some contact details, some information about your child and about factors that might prioritise your child’s allocation to a kindergarten.

Melton City Council follows the Priority of Access guidelines that supports the inclusion of children with additional needs, children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, asylum seeker and refugee families with an appropriate visa, and children known to Child Protection.

To complete the kindergarten registration form, make sure you have:

  • Proof of residence: a utilities bill, rental agreement or rates notice with your family name and address (this must be the main residence of your child)
  • copy of child's birth certificate (if the birth certificate is unavailable, a copy of another official document such as an immunisation record or passport will be accepted)
  • Your debit or credit card (to pay the registration fee)
  • Concession cards and immigration visas (where applicable)
  • Documents from Family Support Services or a Maternal and Child Health nurse confirming high support needs and/or disability, or letter from a doctor for complex medical needs (where applicable)

The form will also ask you about preferences for which kindergarten you would like your child to go to. We recommend that you visit the kindergarten and ask questions, to see if the kindergarten is right for you and your child. 

 

Frequently asked questions about kindergarten

How are kindergarten places offered?

Melton City Council allocates kindergarten places fairly and transparently via a priority of access.

All remaining children are randomly ordered via a ballot to be allocated to their highest available preference. There is no ‘first in, first served’ rule.

What are the benefits of kindergarten?

Children learn more in their first 5 years of life than at any other time. Kindergarten provides children with an environment that encourages and supports their development. Kindergarten gives children the opportunity to explore the world and provides a solid foundation to learn the skills that are required for Primary School.

Kindergarten provides opportunities to:

  • Develop communication and literacy skills
  • Develop independence and responsibilities to gain confidence and a feeling of self- worth
  • Learn social skills such as listening and respecting other people’s ideas
  • Build self-awareness and respect for others
  • Learn to be creative
  • Experience maths, social studies and science
  • Use technology
  • Discover the joy of learning
  • Make new friends

Children learn these skills through play-based curriculum where they are able to make choices and share in decision making.

Children are provided with the opportunity to develop caring relationships with adults as well as friendships with other children. The best outcomes for children are achieved when Kindergarten staff and parents work in close partnership.

What different kinds of kindergarten services are available?

  • Sessional kindergarten programs operate in line with the school terms and usually have a parent fee contribution that is paid on a per term basis (i.e. every three months). This fee is waived for eligible families. Funded 4 year old kindergarten programs run for 15 hours per week, and funded 3 year old kindergarten programs run for up to 5 hours per week in 2022.

  • Kindergarten programs in long day care settings can provide flexibility for parents/carers who have commitments during standard working hours. Long day care centres typically operate for at least eight hours a day for a minimum of 48 weeks per year and charge on a per-day basis. Children can access a funded kindergarten program at many long day care centres. Please note that Council does not manage registrations for kindergarten programs at long day care centres. Please contact centres directly for more information.

All funded kindergarten programs are delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Is 3 year old funded kindergarten available in the City of Melton?

The Victorian Government is investing in kindergarten for all three year olds; giving all children an extra year of learning playing and making friends. From 2022, children in the City of Melton will be able to access up to five hours of three year old funded kindergarten per week. Registrations for funded three year old kindergarten at 24 kindergarten locations will be managed by the Melton City Council Central Registration and Enrolment scheme.

You can register your child online for 3 year old Kindergarten 2022, or by completing a paper form.

You can get a paper form by asking for one at the below locations:

  • Melton Civic Centre, 232 High Street Melton
  • Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street Melton
  • Caroline Springs Civic Centre/Library- 193-199 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs

or by:

downloading and printing the 2022 Kindergarten Application form(PDF, 6MB), or by asking your MCH nurse.

You can return the completed printed form to us via:

Post: Melton Civic Centre, PO Box 21, Melton 3337

or emal: kindergartens@melton.vic.gov.au.

Your child must be 3 years old by 30 April the year your child attends Kindergarten to be eligible for a funded 3 year old kindergarten place.

  • The application fee for 2022 is $31.

Where are kindergartens located in the City of Melton?

Visit our kindergartens located within the City of Melton for a list of local kindergartens. 

When should I send my child to kindergarten?

Your child should turn three by 30 April of the year they start a 3 year old Kindergarten program.

Your child should turn four by 30 April of the year they start a 4 year old Kindergarten program.

Your child's date of birth is between  The year your child can attend kindergarten 
  Three Year Old Kindergarten Four Year Old Kindergarten
1May 2018 - 30 April 2019  2022 2023
1 May 2019 - 30 April 2020 2023 2024

It is usual for children to attend a kindergarten program in the year before they start primary school. This is often called ‘four-year-old kindergarten’.

Your child can start school if they turn five years old by 30 April of the year they start school. Your child must be enrolled in school by the age of six, unless they have an exemption. So, if your child’s birthday falls before 30 April in the calendar year, you have a choice about whether to enrol your child in school in the year they turn five or the next year.

Children learn at different rates, in different ways, and at different times. In some cases, your child may benefit from starting a kindergarten program later. 

It is important for families to carefully consider if their child is ready for 4 year old kindergarten as the following year, the child will attend school.

Please note children do not need to be toilet trained to attend Kindergarten.

What is the cost of kindergarten?

A one-time fee of $31 to process your registration will apply. A fee waiver of the application fee will automatically apply to families eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy and/or Early Start Kindergarten. Families in extenuating circumstances, experiencing financial hardship may apply for a waiver to the application fee.

The Victorian Government subsidises Four-Year-Old Kindergarten fees. Annual fees for four-year-old programs vary depending on the kindergarten provider. Contact your preferred kindergarten for specific information on their fees.

The Victorian Government is rolling out subsidies for Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programs. Annual fees for three-year-old programs range depending on the kindergarten provider.

Can I get help with the cost of kindergarten?

The state government also provides eligible children with assistance to attend low-cost or free kindergarten.

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) allows eligible 3 year olds to access 15 hours per week of free or low-cost kindergarten. ESK is available for children who are:

  • three years old by 30 April in the year they are enrolled
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Refugee and asylum seeker children
  • Children known to Child Protection

The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS) allows eligible 4 year olds to access 15 hours per week of free or low-cost kindergarten. Your child is eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy:

  • if your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more)

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.

How do I choose the right kindergarten for my child?

Each child has unique needs and therefore families are encouraged to contact Kindergartens and/or arrange an appointment to visit preferred Kindergartens prior to completing the registration form.

Some things you might like to consider are:

  • What is the kindergarten quality rating?
  • What are the available sessions days and times and do these suit your family’s needs?
  • What is the physical environment like? Does is feel safe and welcoming?
  • What is the kindergarten philosophy and what types of activities do they provide?

Families are encouraged to 'look for the Kinder Tick' logo displayed at a service. When you see the Kinder Tick you can be confident :

  • the program will be led by a qualified teacher
  • children will benefit from play-based learning
  • the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • the program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework

Please note: when filling out the registration form ensure you only write down Kindergarten preferences that you are willing to accept, as not everyone will receive their first preference.

Does my child need to be immunised to attend kindergarten?

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child into Kindergarten you must first obtain evidence that the child is:

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

‘Conscientious objection’ is not an exemption under the ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation.

You will be required to provide your selected Kindergarten with a copy of your child’s immunisation status to confirm registration.

What days and times does kindergarten operate?

Individual Kindergarten session times vary from year to year. Please contact kindergarten providers below directly for an indication of session times offered in the current year.

TRY AUSTRALIA:
Ph: 8545-9500
(Bellevue Hill, Diggers Rest, Eynesbury Kingsway, Melton West, Mt Carberry, Parkwood Green, Rockbank and Burnside Kindergartens).

ECMS:
Ph: 8481-1100
(Brookside, Cambrian Way, Arnolds Creek, Melton Central and Bridge Road Kindergartens).

BPA:
Ph: 9312-3689
(Brookfield, Botanica Springs Fraser Rise and Taylors Hill Kindergartens).

Uniting Care, Lentara
Ph: 9351-3600
(Melton Uniting Kindergarten).

One Tree Community Services:
Ph: 8311 6200
(Timbertop)

Kindergartens operating within a school site are delivered by the school:
Kororoit Creek: Ph: 8358 0600
Springside: Ph: 9449 6400
Creekside :Ph: 8363 6400 

What is Early Start Kindergarten?

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) was introduced in response to research showing that two years of quality education and care prepares children for success at school and leads to positive impacts later in life.

ESK provides free or low cost Kindergarten for:

  • All three year old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Three year old children known to Child Protection or referred from Child Protection to Child First
  • Refugee and asylum seeker children

Children must be aged at least three years by 30 April in the year they enrol to be eligible for a place.  Children can only start ESK after they have turned three years of age.

What is the Koorie Kids Shine Initiative?

Koorie Kids Shine was launched by the Victorian Government to help promote participation by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in kindergarten.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children can get up to 15 hours of free kindergarten each week. To be eligible, your child must turn three or four years old by 30 April in the year they go to kindergarten.

More information

What if my child has additional needs?

Melton City Council is committed to supporting children with additional needs in State Government funded Kindergarten programs.

The information collected on the registration form ensures families and children have access to additional assistance with the transition of their child into Kindergarten programs, regardless of the family’s circumstances or background. This includes families whose children have significant disabilities, developmental delays, refugees and asylum seeker families.

If you would like to discuss your child’s additional needs further and find out how Council may be able to assist you and your child please contact our Pre School Field Officer service on 9747 7200.

The role of the Pre School Field Officer program is to support the access and participation of children with additional needs in State Government funded 3 and 4 year old Kindergarten programs and to build the capacity of educators working with children. The program supports children with a range of developmental and additional needs who are not receiving supports from Early Childhood Intervention Services or Kindergarten inclusion support services.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss any concerns about the child with their Kindergarten teacher.

Once a referral is received the Pre School Field Officer may contact the parents and the Kindergarten staff. The Preschool Field Officer will usually visit the centre to observe the child and talk to staff and parents about their concerns. Following this, the Preschool Field Officer may provide information about options for accessing additional services for assessment and/or support, plus provide strategies to Kindergarten staff.

 Learn more about the Pre School Field Officer Program.

What if my child needs a second year of funded 4 year old kindergarten?

During the Kindergarten year, the early childhood teacher and the child’s parent will work together to plan for the child’s transition to school. This will involve open and honest communication about the child’s learning and development and strategies to facilitate a smooth transition.

Where a child is observed to display delays in key outcome areas of learning and development, the possibility of a second year of funded Kindergarten may be considered. However, a second year should only be considered if Kindergarten will be the most appropriate environment to address the child’s delays in development. Children can develop at different rates and some children may develop at a slower rate than others.

From the time of registration, regular communication between the parent and the early childhood teacher in relation to a child’s learning and development is important. If a parent and/ or early childhood teacher observes any concerns with a child's learning or development, strategies can be planned and implemented to support the child in those specific areas.

When considering whether a second year of funded Kindergarten will benefit a child, the early childhood teacher and parent must ensure that the child meets the eligibility criteria for a second year.

Determining eligibility for a second year of funded 4 year old kindergarten

An assessment of the child is undertaken and a Declaration of Eligibility for a second year of funded Kindergarten is completed and sent to the appropriate Departmental regional office. DET is responsible for approving second year requests.

It is important that teachers ensure the plans and forms are completed accurately as they will be subject to annual audit processes undertaken by the Department.

Eligibility criteria

The early childhood teacher can deem a child is eligible to receive a second year of funded 4 year old Kindergarten if:

  • the child is observed as having delays in at least two outcome areas of learning and development detailed in the Victorian Early Years and Development Framework, and
  • there is evidence to suggest that the child will achieve better outcomes if he/she attends a second year of Kindergarten to strengthen the learning and development of skills in these areas and better facilitate transition to school the following year.

Children who have been granted early entry to Kindergarten (i.e. children who are less than four years of age by 30 April in the year they attend a funded Kindergarten program) are not eligible to apply for a second year of funded Kindergarten, unless they are enrolled under the Early Start Kindergarten criteria.

What is the National Quality Framework?

A Regulatory Authority in each state and territory will be primarily responsible for administering the National Quality Framework.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority  will oversee the National Quality Framework and ensure the consistent and effective implementation of the new system.

National Quality Standard

The National Quality Standard sets a national benchmark for the quality of education and care services.

The National Quality Standard is divided into seven Quality Areas:

  • Educational program and practice
  • Children’s health and safety
  • Physical environment
  • Staffing arrangements
  • Relationships with children
  • Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  • Leadership and service management

The National Quality Standard aims to promote:

  • The safety, health and wellbeing of children
  • A focus on achieving outcomes for children through high-quality educational programs
  • Families’ understanding of what distinguishes a quality service.

National Quality Rating and Assessment Process

Approved Services will be assessed and rated against each of the seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard and the National Regulations. They will also be given an overall rating. The rating and assessment process aims to drive continuous quality improvement at services and provide families with better information for making choices about their children’s education and care. Early childhood experts and professionals maintain that quality is critical when it comes to early childhood education and care. 

 

Other useful information

Change of information(DOCX, 40KB)

Kindergarten Central Registration Policy(DOCX, 73KB)

Kindergarten Central Registration Procedure(PDF, 388KB)

Department of Education and Training

For more information, contact Council's Kindergarten Registration Team  on 9747 7284, or by email at kindergartens@melton.vic.gov.au

For any information regarding kindergarten session times, fees or three year old kindergarten contact the Kindergartens directly.

If sessional kindergarten hours do not meet the needs of your family, a funded kindergarten program in a Long Day Care centre may meet your needs. Please contact Long Day Care Centres directly.