Three and Four Year Old Kindergarten

Three Year Old Kindergarten

The Victorian Government is introducing funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. This will mean an extra year of learning, playing and making friends for all Victorian children.

Hume City Council will be offering five hours per week of funded kindergarten programs across the municipality in 2022, and will be increasing to 15 hours by 2029.

Just like with Four Year Old Kindergarten, Three Year Old Kindergarten programs will be tailored to meet the needs of children. Three Year Old Kindergarten will be led by qualified teachers and will support children’s lifelong learning through play-based programs.

Research shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one and taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age, increases children’s learning, development, health, and wellbeing. It also benefits vulnerable children who may need extra support to achieve better developmental outcomes.

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin three year old kindergarten in the year they turn three years of age.

Children who do not turn three years of age will not be able to participate in the program.  If a place has been offered and accepted, the place will be on hold until the child turns three years of age and kindergarten fees will apply from that date.

Four Year Old Kindergarten

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin four year old kindergarten in the year they turn four years of age. 

Deciding when your child should start kindergarten

The Victorian Department of Education (DET) has resources to help you decide when your child should begin kindergarten.  Council also has Preschool Field Officers who can assist families in making a decision.  Preschool Field Officers can be contacted by calling 9205 2601 or by email at psfoteam@hume.vic.gov.au.

Applications

Applications for Kindergarten can be made by visiting one of our Customer Service Centres. You will need to complete a separate application form for each child in your care, e.g. twins.

See below for information about eligibility, fees and accepting your child's offer.

Apply for Kindergarten

Step 1.Download the application form

Download and complete the Kindergarten Application(PDF, 6MB).  Please note, a non-refundable $16 application fee applies.

Step 2.Nominate three kindergartens

You will be required to nominate three kindergarten preferences as part of your application. Please try to choose kindergartens that you would be happy to accept a place at. You are welcome to contact any kindergarten you are interested in to arrange for a tour to help you decide which one will best suit you and your child.

Step 3.Prepare supporting documents

To complete your application you will need:

  • Proof of child's birth. Please provide one of the following:
    • A copy of the child's birth certificate
    • A copy of the child's passport
    • An Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from the Services Australia website
  • Proof of residence in Hume. Please provide one of the following:
    • A copy of your current driver's license
    • A copy of rates notice
    • A copy of any utility bill.

Step 4.Submit your application

Applications can be made by submitting the application form along with your supporting documents at one of our Customer Service Centres.**

**During COVID lockdowns, applications can be submitted via email at preschool@hume.vic.gov.au.

Kinder Tick Logo

 

The Kinder Tick helps Victorian families find a funded kindergarten program for their children.  All Council run preschools provide a funded preschool program.  When you see the Kinder Tick at our services, you can be confident that:

  • The program is led by a qualified early childhood teacher
  • Children will benefit from play-based learning
  • The preschool program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • The program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework. 

Applications open on the first business day in March each year, two years before the year of attendance.

Your child must turn three or four years of age by 30 April in the year of attendance:

Year of Attendance

3YO

Year of Attendance

4YO

Date of Birth 
2022 2023 Between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019
2023 2024 Between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020
2024 2025 Between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021

 

2021 Four Year Old Kindergarten Timetable(PDF, 125KB)

Please refer to the Kindergarten Enrolment Policy(PDF, 303KB) for more information on eligibility or call 9205 2538.  

Some children are eligible for a second year of funded preschool. Find out more by visiting the Department of Education and Training website.


             Three Year Old                           Four Year Old             
Year    Kindergarten  Kindergarten
     
2021  $62 per term $0 per term 
2022  $270 per term $399 per term 

 

Term fees are non refundable and no pro rata fees are applicable.

Council's preferred method of payment of fees is by Direct Debit.  Please complete the Direct Debit Arrangement form online.

Alternatively, you can download and manually complete the Direct Debit(PDF, 204KB) request form and submit it via email or in person at our Customer Service Centres.

In order to be considered in the initial kindergarten placement intake (end of August)**, your application must be submitted by 30 June in the year before your child attends kindergarten. Any applications received after this date will be processed throughout the year. 

Offers will be made by email or mail. Offers are made based on date of application and Priority of Access.

If you are applying two years in advance, you will be offered a place by the end of August in the year prior to your child’s attendance. For example, if you have applied for your child to attend in the 2023 kindergarten year, you will be offered a place in August 2022.

If you are offered a place you will have two weeks to accept and respond.

If there are no places available at your preferred kindergarten, we will let you know of places available at other kindergartens. You may choose one of them or remain on a waiting list.

**Due to the three year old kindergarten reform in 2022, offers for three year old kindergarten will be made in mid to late September.

If you have received a placement offer for your child, please return your printed form by email to preschool@hume.vic.gov.au or in person at any Customer Service Centre.

To make changes or cancel your child's application, you may complete the Change, Defer or Cancel your Application/Placement form online. 

You can also download and complete the following forms and submit them via email or in person at our Customer Service Centres.

Change of Registration Details Form(PDF, 1MB)

Cancellation of Placement Form(PDF, 680KB) 

For any changes to program preferences submitted by 30 June in the year before attendance, the original registration date will be retained.

Changes to preferences submitted after 30 June in the year before attendance will result in a new registration date.

If your concession card details have changed, please complete the Update your Concession Card Details form online and attach a copy of your current, valid concession card.

Your concession card must be valid in order to be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.

You can defer your child’s application to the following year by completing the Change, Defer or Cancel your Application/Placement form online.

A deferral can only be submitted where a kindergarten placement offer was made or accepted, and the child has already attended in Term 1.  Please refer to the Kindergarten Enrolment Policy(PDF, 303KB) for more information or call 9205 2538.

 

In addition to Council-run kindergartens, Council also assists some non-Council run kindergartens with registrations. You can choose non-Council run kindergartens as preferences in your application. Information about non-Council run kindergartens, session times and fees are available from each kindergarten directly.

We encourage you to visit any kindergarten you are interested in. You can contact the kindergarten to make an appointment to speak with an educator.

You can find the closest centre in Hume to your home or work by using the 'Find a Kinder Program' map on the Victorian State Government website.

Click here to search for your nearest centre.

Council has Preschool Field Officers who provide support to children with additional needs, their families and kindergarten staff, to ensure they are included in kindergarten. The Preschool Field Officer can be contacted by calling 9205 2601 or by email PSFOteam@hume.vic.gov.au

For information on how PSFO's and educators support children with additional needs, you can view the Supporting Children with Additional Needs Guide(PDF, 4MB).

Kindergarten Open Night

Kindergarten open nights are held in February each year.

For a kindergarten tour outside of the kindergarten open night, you can contact a kindergarten you're interested in directly.

Applications Open

Kindergarten applications open on the first business day in March each year, two years before the year of attendance.

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation that came into force on 1 January 2016, children are required to be fully vaccinated for their age before they can be enrolled in any kindergarten program.

Documentation is required by your child’s kindergarten confirming that your child is fully immunised, is on a vaccination catch-up program or is unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.