Kindergarten Registrations Now Open
|Sunday, 1 August||First Round Registrations Close|
Registrations still accepted past this date, but will only be allocated after first round registrations are processed
|Early September||First Offers made to families|
|Mid-September||Acceptance of first round offers due|
|From October||Families to complete enrolment process with allocated kindergarten|
|From October||All registrations received after close of first round will be processed weekly or when vacancies become available|
We are making kindergarten registration easier by delivering a central registration system, meaning families only need to complete one registration form to apply for multiple kindergarten services within Bass Coast.
You can register your child for 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten through our central registration system. The list of participating kindergartens is below.
Registrations can be completed via the online registration form above. If you would prefer to complete a hardcopy form please contact the Kindergarten Registration Team on 1300 226 278 or 03 5671 2211 to request a hardcopy kindergarten information pack.
Kindergarten places are NOT allocated based on order of registration ie "first in best dressed".
Places are allocated according to priorities set the Department of Education and Training and an agreed local criteria. You can read more about how places are allocated in the Kindergarten Information Kit, Frequently Asked Question's or Kindergarten Central Registration Guidelines.
In Bass Coast, all kindergarten programs charge different fees depending on their operating model and costs. Some kindergartens charge a flat rate per term, while other Kindergartens who offer before and aftercare (long day care) may have a flat rate per day. The services will be able to give you the most cost-effective option for your family.
Families not eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy will be required to pay an attendance fee set by each kindergarten to cover the ‘gap’ between the Government subsidy and the cost of running the program.
Below are a guide of kindergarten fees across all Bass Coast Kindergartens. If you would like to know more about kindergarten fees please contact the kindergarten directly.
Three Year Old kindergarten - $100-165 per term
Four Year Old Kindergarten - $400-$550 per term
Long Daycare rates - $90-110 per day *
* If your child is attending kindergarten at a long daycare centre you might be eligible for the Government child care subsidy (CCS).
Free and Low Cost Kindergarten
The State Government provides funding for 3 year old and 4 four year kindergarten programs. This funding helps the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending and helps keep your fees low.
Council does not operate or manage any of the kindergartens in Bass Coast. Kindergarten fees are set by individual kindergartens and costs are in accordance with the State Government’s Early Years Management policy framework.
Some families are eligible for free or low cost kindergarten, go to Free and low cost Kindergarten to see if you are eligible.
Early Start Kinder
Early Start Kindergarten enables eligible 3 year old children to access a preschool program, for up to 15 hours per week.
To be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten children must be:
• aged three years by 30 April in the year that they attend preschool, and
• an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, or
• known to Child Protection (including children referred from Child Protection to Child FIRST).
Two years of preschool provides an important start for children. It helps with the development of language, social interactions and self confidence. Preschool also helps to prepare children for success at school later in life.
Children with Additional Needs
If your child has a disability or additional needs, they can get extra support at kindergarten. For more information, go to education.vic.gov.
Koorie Kids Shine
Koorie Kids Shine is a program that promotes the value of kindergarten to Aboriginal parents and community. Aboriginal children aged three and four are eligible for 15 hours of free kindergarten each week. To be eligible, a child must turn three or four years old by 30 April in the year they go to kindergarten. Support is available for funded kindergartens to plan and implement a program that is responsive to the individual abilities, interests and needs of children with a disability, developmental delay or complex medical needs.
The Victorian Government has committed almost $5 billion over the next decade to provide three-year-old children access to a funded kindergarten program. This means that an extra year of play-based learning led by a teacher will be added to Victorian children’s education.
In 2022, three year old children in Bass Coast Shire will have access to five hours a week in a funded kindergarten program led by a teacher. Funded kindergarten means the government will help the kindergarten service with the cost of your child attending. This helps keep your fees low. The five hours of kindergarten will progressively scale up to reach the full 15-hour-a-week program by 2029.
Further information about 3 year old kindergarten is available in the Three Year Old Kindergarten Fact Sheet.
International research overwhelmingly finds that attendance for more than one year at a high-quality kindergarten has greater potential to lift a child's outcomes across all learning domains, while improving social behaviours and self-regulation.
"According to a British study, students who attended two to three years of kindergarten had better development in language, pre-reading, early number concepts and other learning domains."
Two years of kindergarten has an even stronger and positive effect on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Kindergartens and Proposed Session Times
To register for kindergarten at Inverloch Childcare please contact the centre directly