Wyndham City provides kindergarten programs throughout the municipality, with the number of services expanding over time to accommodate a growing population.

Kindergarten is a unique play-based environment that encourages learning through experimentation, trial and error, watching, listening and participating. To find out more about kindergarten and why your child should attend, download the About Kindergarten document from the Department of Education and Training.

2019 Kindergarten Enrolments are now ONLINE 

Kindergarten Online Portal

Have you enrolled for 4 year old Kindergarten? 

Round 5 Applications are now open and will close Friday 30 November.

To complete your application visit the Kindergarten Online Portal or download documents below.

Please Note:

  • Non-Refundable Registration Fee $40 per application.
  • Discount Registration Fee of $10 applies for those with a Fee Subsidy Card or Visa.

The following documentation must be provided with your Enrolment Application.  You will be able to upload these documents into the Portal.

Proof of Date of Birth

One of the following legal forms of proof of date of birth must be provided:

  • Your child’s Birth Certificate;
  • For non-Australian born children, please provide a travel document, which must indicate your child’s date of birth and the name of the parent(s)/Guardian(s).

Proof of Address

For residents, proof of residency in Wyndham must be provided in one of the following ways:

  • Copy of a Rates Notice (issued within the last 12 months);
  • Copy of the relevant building permit if you are moving to Wyndham;
  • Copy of a tenancy agreement or utility bill (issued within the last 3 months);
  • Copy of a current Health Care Card displaying current address.

Immunisation Record

Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register showing that your child is up to date with their immunisations.

Proof of Working, Studying or Using Childcare in Wyndham

For non-residents of Wyndham, enrolment applications can be submitted with some proof of working, studying or using childcare in Wyndham for a minimum of three days per week. Proof can be provided in the following ways:

  • Copy of a payslip/letter from employer;
  • Copy of a school/university enrolment;
  • Copy of a childcare payment receipt or Childcare Benefit letter from Centrelink.

Other families may apply, but should note that residents, ratepayers or families who work, study or use childcare in Wyndham will be given priority to access Kindergarten places.

Other Relevant Documentation

The following forms of documentation may be provided for ‘high priority children’:

  • Referral or letter from Child Protection, Child FIRST/Family Services, Maternal and Child Health Nurse;
  • Proof of attendance at Early Start Kindergarten;
  • Approval for Kindergarten Inclusion Support Package;
  • Referral or letter from a doctor, Early Intervention Service, other specialist agencies, a Maternal and Child Health Nurse or Enhanced Home Visiting Nurse regarding additional needs or significant medical conditions;
  • Child Disability Health Care Card.
  • Please note: There is a non-refundable $40 registration fee. Please ensure you have your credit card/debit card ready as well. A discount registration fee of $10 applies for those with a Fee Subsidy Card or Visa. A photocopy of the card/visa must be attached.

Busting the Myths about Kindergarten

If you’re getting ready to enrol your little one in kindergarten, the chances are you’ve heard a lot of different information. Some of it may be correct, but there are a lot of myths out there. It’s time to bust some of them.

Myth 1: If I get my Kindergarten registration in first, or as soon as applications open, I will get my preferred kindergarten place.

Truth: Kindergarten places are NOT allocated on a first in, best dressed approach. Wyndham City has developed an enrolment policy that:

  • Promotes fair and equitable access to Kindergarten programs;
  • Follows State Government Priority of Access criteria;
  • Supports all eligible children to access a Kindergarten program, including those who face barriers to participation; and
  • Does not inadvertently present barriers to participation.

A points-based weighting system is used to allocate places. Preferences are given to enrolments received prior to the first-round enrolment closing date. Where two or more children have the same points value, the Central Enrolment System randomly allocates places.

Myth 2:If I live close to the Kindergarten I will get additional points because Kindergartens are zoned the same as Primary Schools.

Truth: Kindergarten enrolments work slightly differently to primary school, in that Kindergartens are not zoned to particular areas. While points are not awarded depending on the distance you live from the Kindergarten, points are given to families whose home address falls within the same suburb as their first preference Kindergarten.

Myth 3:  If I attend a Kindergarten on a Primary School site, I will automatically get into that Primary School or if my child’s sibling attends the Primary School, I will automatically get into the Kindergarten.

Truth:  Our Kindergartens are NOT feeder services for Primary Schools. With Wyndham’s growing community, our kindergartens on school sites, cannot cater for the large number of children that the prep classes will have. For example, Alamanda Kindergarten has a capacity for a maximum of 231 children, however Alamanda Primary School has 364 children enrolled in Prep for 2018.

Myth 4: If I attend a 3-year-old Kindergarten, I will automatically get into the same kindergarten for 4-year-old Kindergarten.

Truth: Although attending a 3-year-old Kindergarten on the same site as your preferred 4-year-old Kindergarten will not automatically guarantee you a place, you will receive additional points for attending a 3-year-old program on the same site as your first preference.

Myth 5: If I call Council, they will be able to advise me where I am on the wait list

Truth: Council is unable to advise you of where you are currently sitting on the wait list. A child’s position on the waiting list is constantly changing, depending upon factors such as new registrations and whether other families accept places or whether they choose to transfer or cancel and go back on the waiting list. In the instance where two or more children have the same points value, the Central Enrolment System will allocate randomly.

Myth 6: If I mention on my registration form that my child has additional and/or high support needs, they will miss out on a Kindergarten place or it will impact on them being placed in our preferred Kindergarten.

Truth: This is completely false! Council encourages families to provide details of any diagnosed additional needs or medical requirements on the Kindergarten registration form. By having this information as early as possible, Council will be able to work with your family to ensure we can support your child’s transition to Kindergarten. The Kindergarten Inclusion Support (KIS) offers supplementary assistance to Kindergartens to support the inclusion of children with additional needs in the Kindergarten program. Applications are made by the Kindergarten Educator in consultation with parents, Early Childhood Intervention Agencies and Preschool Field Offers. For further information, please contact our Community Support & Enrolment team on 9742 8147.

Myth 7: My friend/family member told me there was a spot available at my preferred kindergarten, and if I ring the Kindergarten or Council, they will be able to place my child in it.

Truth: Council’s is unable to automatically place any child into a Kindergarten place. If someone declines a kindergarten offer or leaves the service, the place will become available in the next round of allocations and a child would be offered the spot in accordance with the Department of Education and Training and Council’s Priority of Access Policy and Enrolment Process. This ensure a fair and equitable process for families to access a Kindergarten program. All allocations of Kindergarten places are handled by Council’s Community Support & Enrolment Team and not the individual Kindergartens.

Myth 8: If I choose the same preferences as my friends/family members, my child will be placed in the same group as theirs.

Truth:  As Council uses an Enrolment System that promotes a fair and equitable process, we are unable to guarantee you a place at the same kindergarten or group as your friend or family members child.

2019 Timetable

The attached timetable is to give you an indication of the kindergartens and groups that will be available in 2019.

Please note: You will not be able to submit an application for these groups until the 3rd of April 2018 when applications open.

For more information, please contact a Community Support and Enrolment Office on 9742 8147

View the 2019 Timetable

Priority of Access Criteria

Wyndham City has developed an enrolment policy that:

  • Promotes fair and equitable access to Kindergarten programs;
  • Supports all eligible children to access a Kindergarten program, including those who face barriers to participation; and
  • Does not inadvertently present barriers to participation.

A points-based weighting system is used to allocate places. Preference will be given to enrolments received prior to the first-round enrolment closing date in the following order:

  • Child is eligible for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK);
  • Child, Parent or Guardian is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent;
  • Child, Parent or Guardian has Refugee or Asylum Seeker status;
  • Child is in an Out of Home Care arrangement including kinship or is known to Child Protection;
  • Sibling/s attended their first preference Kindergarten in the last two years (or it was their first preference);
  • Child has attended a three-year-old program on the same site as their first preference for four-year-old kindergarten;
  • Child or family member are currently utilising a services provided by Quantin Binnah, when it’s their first preference;
  • Home address falls within the same suburb as the first preference Kindergarten;
  • Child, Parent or Guardian has a Commonwealth Health Care/Pension Care or Visa;
  • Family lives, works, studies or attends child care in Wyndham.

Where two or more children have the same points value, the Central Enrolment System will allocate randomly. 

Welcome to Quantin Binnah

Wyndham City is excited to announce that Quantin Binnah will be joining Councils Central Enrolments in 2019.

You will be able to select one of their Kindergarten groups via the normal Council enrolment process.

For more information, please contact a Community Support and Enrolment Office on 9742 8147.

Pop Up Information Sessions

 

Monday 3/12

Tuesday 4/12

Wednesday 5/12

Thursday 6/12

Friday 7/12

Manor Lakes Community Centre – 86 Manor Lakes Boulevard, Manor Lakes

 

1.30pm - 3pm

   

Wyndham City Council “Customer Service Area”

45 Princes Hwy, Werribee

3pm – 5pm

   

3pm – 5pm

Point Cook Town Centre Playgroup Session - Crn Main and Murnong Street, Point Cook

  

10am - 11:30am

  

Williams Landing Shopping Centre Playgroup Session - 100 Overton Road, Williams Landing

   

10am - 11:30am

 

Wyndham Vale Square Shopping Centre Playgroup Session - 205 Greens Road, Wyndham Vale

    

10am - 11:30am

Tarneit Central Shopping Centre

540 Derrimut Road

Tarneit

10am – 11:30am

 

 

 

 

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