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How to apply

A central registration scheme for Emmanuel Kinder three and four year old preschool is managed by Monash City Council. Children can be registered from 18 months of age. For 2017 and 2018 enrolments, please visit the Monash City Council website for further information or to download the application forms, or contact the Council on (03) 9518 3530. Website: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/Services/Children-Family/Kindergartens open_new_window. Forms can be submitted from when your child is 18 months old.  You do not have to live in Monash to enrol.

For 2017/2018
Please call the Preschool Support Officer at Monash Council on (03) 9518 3530 to enquire about availability.

Positions are allocated in the year before your child is due to attend kindergarten. Our enrolment officer will contact you via email between July and September to either offer your child a place, or advise you that your child has been added to the waiting list. If your child is offered a place you will be given approximately 2 weeks within which you may accept the offer and pay a non-refundable $100 acceptance fee to secure your child’s place – this fee will be deducted from Term 1 fees.

If the program is full and your child has been placed on the waiting list you may then be contacted in second and third round offers.

Please note that your child must be three years of age by 30 April in the year in which you would like them to start the three year old kindergarten program. Likewise, to be eligible to attend four year old kindergarten your child must be four years of age by 30 April in the year of attendance at four year old kindergarten.
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Important Dates

First Round Offers for 2018
First round offers are mailed to families at the end of July for 4-year-old and beginning of August for 3-year-old kindergarten.

The kindergarten term dates for 2018 are:

Term 1:  31 January to 30 March
Term 2: 16 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4:  08 October to 21 December
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Kindergarten Eligibility

3 Year Old Kindergarten

Three-year-old kindergarten is self-funded and receives no government subsidy. To attend three year old kindergarten your child must turn three on or before 30 April in the year they will attend kindergarten. Children cannot commence at the kindergarten until they have turned three years of age. For example, if your child turns three on 15 April, then they can commence kindergarten on 15 April, not before.

Please be aware that there is a growing trend amongst parents of children born between January and April to delay starting kindergarten three year old kindergarten until the year the child turns four. With this added maturity they will receive maximum benefit and enjoyment from both three and four year old kindergarten programs, and a with a later school entry age,  may potentially be more confident at school. If your child is born between January and April, and starts kindergarten the year they turn three, be aware that staff may advise a repeat three year old year if they think your child would benefit from a later start at school.

If you wish to defer your child’s 3 year old kindergarten position, you must inform our enrolment officer when you receive your offer of a place and they will ensure that you are put on the list of applicants for the following year.

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Four-year-old kindergarten is partially funded by the State Government and every child is entitled to one year of four year old kindergarten. To be eligible to attend four year old kindergarten your child must be four years of age by 30 April in the year of attendance at four year old kindergarten.

Accessing a second year of 4 year old kindergarten
A child who exhibits at least two areas of developmental difficulties may be eligible t​o receive funding for a second year of four year old kindergarten. Your kindergarten teacher may consult with a Preschool Field Officer to discuss and assess your child’s eligibility. If a second funded year is appropriate the kindergarten teacher must lodge a completed ‘Declaration of eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten’ by the end of Term Three in the year prior to the repeat year.

Please be aware that children born between January and April that are deemed ‘young’ will not be automatically granted funding for a second year of 4 year old kinder. All children need to be assessed as having at least two areas of developmental delay that are not age related.

Immunisation requirements

By law, to finalise enrolment for your child in kindergarten, you must provide the service with an immunisation status certificate that shows your child is either up to date with vaccinations for their age or on a vaccine catch-up schedule or has a medical condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated. Further information is available in the DHH parent brochure – No Jab No Play
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Additional Needs

Please advise the kindergarten as soon as you accept a position if your child has additional needs. This will allow the kindergarten to make arrangements to provide for the additional support required.

Further Information

For more information on Enrolments please view our Enrolment Policy (PDF, 227kB) open_new_window.

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