All services welcome and encourage parents to come and visit our unique pre-kindergaren programs. We encourage you to call and make a time with the educators, to ensure they are available to discuss your questions.
Please note: Children are not required to start school until 6 years of age. A child’s kindergarten readiness takes into account the child’s developmental level and social readiness, as well as their age. Please speak to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or Early Childhood Educator to discuss your child’s readiness for pre-kindergarten.
The aim of this policy is to ensure the fair allocation of pre-kindergarten places for those services participating in the Greater Shepparton City Council pre-kindergarten central registration.
- Children must be three years of age before commencing Pre-Kindergarten. Your child must turn three (3) years of age by 31 December to be eligible to register during the initial registration intake. From January, in the year of attendance, Pre-Kindergarten registrations will only be taken when the child turns three (3) years of age. Children cannot be placed on a waiting list before turning three (3).
- Applications for Early Start Kindergarten are open to children who are three (3) years of age in the year prior to attending kindergarten. Further information is available at the Department of Education and Training website.
- Applications for the initial allocation of places close on 31 August.
- Only registrations made on the current Pre-Kindergarten Central Registration form will be accepted. Parents/Guardians should indicate their first choice of Pre-Kindergarten.
Registration forms are only valid after being date stamped or verified by the Central Registration Officer at the Council Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton.
You will receive a letter or email stating that the Central Registration Officer has received your enrolment form. This is not a ‘Letter of Offer’.
- Parents will be notified by the Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten of successful placement by 14 September in the year of application. If confirmation to accept the place is not received by the kindergarten by the due date, the place will be offered to the next child on that kindergarten service's waiting list, based on applications received prior to 31 August and access criteria.
- After 31 August, where vacancies occur at a service, a place is offered to the first child on that kindergarten’s waiting list, based on the priority of access criteria after 31 August.
- Children transferring from areas outside the City of Greater Shepparton after 31 August are considered under the same conditions as late registrations.
- Under the legislation ‘No Jab, No Play’ your child needs to be fully immunised for their age. You are required to provide to the kindergarten on enrolment a copy of your child’s most recent Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), which shows that your child is up to date with their immunisations.
- Final acceptance of a child at any Pre-Kindergarten is only given after proof-of-age has been provided to the service. (e.g. Birth Certificate, Passport, Australia Immunisation Record (AIR) or Maternal and Child Health Record).
- This registration scheme does not offer an option for deferring your registration. If you wish to withdraw your child for this year you will need to complete a new Central Registration Form for the following year.
- Should you wish to cancel or withdraw your child’s registration, please contact the Central Registration Officer on (03) 5832 9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will assist us to update our records and offer the place to the next child on the waiting list.
- One application per child is to be completed for each session you would like to register your child/ren.
- Fees will be charged per child, per place (excluding Early Start Kindergarten eligible families).
- Fees will be charged over 10 monthly instalments from February to November. Should you choose to pay your fees in full, this must be done prior to the 17 February otherwise the monthly fee will be debited as per the direct debit form.
Enquiries regarding the central registration procedure should be directed to:
Central Registration Officer
Greater Shepparton City Council
Telephone: (03) 5832 9700
Priority of access
The following criteria will be considered with each application. They are listed in ranking order of priority.
No Fees or charges for the following priority area: Priority 1A
Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) - provides eligible three year old children with access to 15 hours of kindergarten per week for free or low cost and is available for children turning three by 30 April in the year they'll start kindergarten and who:
- Are, or have been, in foster care, permanent care or kinship care (Out of home care) Children who are on or have been on statutory orders from Child Protection anywhere in Australia OR
- Children and families who have had involvement with Child FIRST and/or Child Protection OR
- Families who self-refer to Child FIRST where child/siblings have had involvement in Child Protection OR
- Your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin
Fees apply for the following 4 priority areas: Priority 1B
Children of asylum seekers and refugee children
Appropriate visa that identifies the child and/or parent as a refugee or asylum seeker:
- Refugee visa (subclass 200)
- In-country Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 201)
- Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202)
- Protection visa (subclass 866)
- Emergency Rescue (subclass 203)
- Woman at risk (subclass 204)
- Bridging visas A-E or ImmiCard
- Temporary Humanitarian Concern (THC) visa (subclass 786).
Children of families who have a Concession Card or from a multiple birth
- Children or parents who hold:
- Commonwealth Health Care Card (HCC)
- Pensioner Concession Card (PCC)
- Veteran’s Affairs Card
- Or from a multiple birth – Triplets or more
Children with additional needs who:
- requires additional assistance in order to fully participate in the kindergarten program
- have an identified specific disability or developmental delay
- require a combination of services which are individually planned
- is assessed as having delays in two or more areas for Kindergarten Inclusion Support Package (KIS) referred by:
- the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
- Early Childhood Intervention Service;
- Preschool Field Officer; or
- Maternal & Child Health nurse.
- holds a Child Disability Health Care Card;
- is identified as having a specific disability or development delay.
Children with a community connection
This applies if:
- Children with a community connection - Pre-Kindergarten/Long Day Care/Playgroup/OccasionalCare/sibling/school
- You live within 1km of your preference? (Based on residential address in Google Maps)
- Your child currently attend Pre-Kindergarten at the service of preference?
- Your child currently attend Long Day Care at the Pre-Kindergarten of preference?
- Your child currently attend playgroup/occasional care at the Kindergarten of preference?
- Your child have sibling/s that attended the service of preference within the last 3 years?
- Your child has a sibling/s that attends a school with a co-located kindergarten/school?
In the instance there are multiple registrations meeting the above criteria, preference will be given in the order listed.
When all applications eligible for priority have been allocated and the service still has spaces, all remaining names will be allocated to the service by a random ballot conducted by the Central Registration Officer.
Where a service exceeds applications to places, the service will be contacted and made aware of partial ballot and asked where applicable to confirm proof of access.
The ballot will continue until all names are selected. Names selected after the available places are filled, will be placed in order of selection on the waiting list for that service.
Services will be required to provide information of past enrolments or previous attendance at a service.
Parents are entitled to register for more than one Pre-Kindergarten place at the same or different services. However, all children will be allocated one place before any children are offered a second place.
Parents/Guardians of children not allocated a place in the Pre-Kindergarten of first preference will be notified by the Greater Shepparton City Council Central Registration Officer. At this time they will be notified of available places and given the option of accepting a place at an available Pre-Kindergarten, or putting their child’s name on the Pre-Kindergarten of choice waiting list. However, there is no guarantee of a place becoming available at that Pre-Kindergarten.
Applications received after the closing date (late registrations) will be placed on the central waiting list for consideration after initial registrations are processed. Placements from the waiting list are made according to pre-kindergarten preferences, available vacancies and priority of access criteria.
Change of preference
All changes of preference must be completed in writing. You are required to complete a ‘Change of Preference Form’. Once you have completed this form, your new preference will be updated on the registration system.
Change of Preference forms submitted after 31 August will be considered under the same conditions as late enrolments.
The provision of information concerning ethnic or racial origin is optional and only collected with your consent if you chose to provide it. It is used to determine enrolment priorities in accordance with the priority of access criteria developed by the Department of Education and Training.
If you do not provide the requested information we maybe unable to allocate your child a Pre-Kindergarten place.
To gain access to or update the information provided please contact Children Services on 5832 9783.