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- Dr Seuss
3 Year Old Kindergarten Enrolment
WHEN TO APPLY
Three Year Old Preschool for 2022
The State Government has announced funding for preschool programs for all three-year-olds across Victoria - this will be available for families wanting to attend Yarra Warra Preschool in 2022. Three-year-old children across Nillumbik Shire will have access to five hours in a program led by a qualified teacher. The hours will progressively increase up to the full 15-hour program by 2029.
Applications for three-year-old preschool open on 1st March 2021.
As such, families are required to apply online via the Nillumbik Council website or by postal/hard copy directly to the council.
Applications for 3 year old preschool for 2022 will close 30th June, 2021.
If you wish to enrol your child after the kindergarten year as begun, you will still need to contact Nillumbik Council directly to process a late application. A placement will only be offered if the groups are not at capacity already.
Children must be at least 3 years old by 30th April in the year they attend 3 year old kinder. Families with children born between January and April 30 may choose whether to enrol their children in the year they turn three, or the following year. Factors to take into consideration include the individual child's developmental and learning levels, family circumstances and preferred school starting age.
Children turning 3 years old between the commencement of Term 1 and 30 April will only be able to commence the program upon their 3rd birthday.
ENROLMENT PRIORITY SYSTEM
When the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, offers for enrolment will be given in the following order of priority:
Children who have deferred.
Children who are repeating for developmental reasons as recommended by the kindergarten teacher/Centre Director.
Children whose siblings are past or present pupils at Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder, sorted by application date*.
Children who reside in the 3113 postcode, sorted by application date.
All other applications, sorted by application date.
THE OFFER PROCESS
Letters of offer and letters of missed offer will be sent to all parents in June of the year prior to attendance. Parents will be requested to formally accept or reject an offer of placement within 14 days. Acceptance of the placement must be accompanied by a $100 non-refundable deposit (to be deducted from Term 1 fees).
Following formal responses from parents, any remaining places will then be offered again according to the enrolment priority system. Where more than one child has the same priority, an electronic ballot will be conducted.
Families will be contacted in October of the year prior to attendance to formalise enrolment. As part of this process, families 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
An Immunisation History Statement can be requested from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at a Medicare or Centrelink office.
For more information about immunisation contact the Department of Health, Immunisation Team/Nurse on 1300 882 008.
REPEATS & DEFERRALS
Children who have been offered a position, which is then deferred before the commencement of Term 1, will receive a reserved place the following year.
Children, whose parents accept a place, and who are then assessed within the first four weeks of Term 1 by the kindergarten teacher/Centre Director as not being ready for the program, will receive a reserved place the following year if their position is deferred at that time.
Children whose parents accept a place and also request a second year of 3 year old kindergarten will be eligible for enrolment only if the number of applicants does not exceed the number of available places.
Children whose parents accept a place and who require a second year of 3 year old kindergarten for developmental reasons, as recommended by the kindergarten teacher/Centre Director, will receive a reserved place the following year.
BOOK A TOUR
Families are welcome to visit Yarra Warra Preschool & Bush Kinder. However, at this time, we are only offering virtual tours and encourage families to check out our virtual tour video visible on our home page. We look forward to being able to offer tours in 2021 depending upon the State Government's rules around Covid safety. If you have any further queries regarding enrolment, please contact:
3 Year Old Enrolment Officer