Kindergarten places for Council-managed Kindergartens and those that are part of Wyndham City’s Central Registration Scheme are allocated through Wyndham’s Central Registration System.

This centralised service allows families to indicate their preferences for several kindergartens and groups at the one time rather than having to apply for each individual service.

Kindergarten Online Portal

Wyndham – free 4 year old Kindergarten and reduced 3 year old Kindergarten fees for 2021

Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews announced a funding package to provide free kindergarten to children participating in a 4-year-old kindergarten program in 2021.

This means that no fees will apply for 2021 4-year-old kindergarten for Wyndham services therefore you will not receive any invoices for 2021.

With regards to the 3-year-old kindergarten fees for 2021, as per the recent announcement by the Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews, children attending unfunded three-year-old programs in sessional kindergarten services will directly benefit from reduced parent fees for 2021.  This initiative will mean a reduction in kinder fees of $1,600 (pro-rata for less than five-hour groups) from parent fees.

Eligibility

4-Year-Old

Children are eligible for a Victorian State-funded year of 4-year-old Kindergarten in the year before they go to school. In Victoria, a child cannot attend more than one State Government funded Kindergarten program at the same time.

Your child must be four years of age by 30 April in the year that they are to attend a 4-year-old Kindergarten program.

3-Year-Old

3-year-old Kindergarten is a full fee-paying program. Your child must be three years of age by 30 April in the year that they are to attend a 3-year-old Kindergarten program.

Please Note: Your child must be 3 years of age, before starting 3-year-old Kindergarten. If your child turns 3 between the start of term 1 and 30 April, you have the option of paying the term fee to secure a place or otherwise you can go on a waiting list and will be offered a place if one is available once your child turns 3.

Date of Birth

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

1 May 2014 to

30 April 2015

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

 

 

 

 

1 May 2015 to

30 April 2016

3-Year-Old Kindergarten or ESK

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

 

 

 

1 May 2016 to

30 April 2017

 

3-Year-Old Kindergarten or ESK

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

 

 

1 May 2017 to

30 April 2018

 

 

3-Year-Old Kindergarten or ESK

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

 

1 May 2018 to

30 April 2019

 

 

 

3-Year-Old Kindergarten or ESK

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

The benefits of registering through Wyndham City’s Online Portal

In 2018, Wyndham City introduced its first Kindergarten Online Portal. The online portal is available for families registering for either 3-Year-Old & 3+ Activity Groups or 4-Year-Old Kindergarten which are run by Wyndham City or those part of Wyndham’s Central Registration Scheme.

Families who register through the portal will:

  • Receive an instant confirmation email as soon as they submit their registration;
  • Be able to easily upload documents via your smart phone/tablet/computer;
  • Be able to complete the registration when it is most convenient to you, reducing the need to come into Council to lodge it;
  • Be able to access the portal 24-hours;
  • Reduce the need for paper, printing and postage costs;
  • Be able to view and respond to offers as soon as they are available. No need to wait for the post;
  • Be able to update your information without having to call or email;
  • Add children in later years to existing accounts;
  • Have access to current preferences, if you cannot remember.

Please Note: After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration. A registration is not complete until a confirmation email is received.

What documentation will I need to complete my registration?

The following documentation must be provided with your registration. 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; or
  • Your child’s Passport; or
  • 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).

Please Note: You will be required to provide your child’s birth certificate when enrolling in Kindergarten. Your child cannot commence Kindergarten until this is provided. Passports can only be accepted for registration purposes.

Proof of Address

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

  • Copy of a Rates Notice/Lease agreement or Utility Invoice; for example, a mobile phone or electricity bill (issued within the last 3 months);
  • Copy of a Driver’s License or a current Health Care Card or Pension Concession Card displaying your current address.

Immunisation Record

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

Immunisation History Statements can be requested at any time by contacting Medicare:

Wyndham City Council’s Immunisations Team can provide assistance to families obtaining the required immunisation evidence to commence Kindergarten. Wyndham's Immunisation Officers can be contacted on 9742 0736 or immunisationteam@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Proof of Working, Studying or Using Childcare in Wyndham

For non-residents of Wyndham, registrations 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.

Other Relevant Documentation

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

  • Referral or letter from Child Protection or Child FIRST/Family Services;
  • Proof of attendance at Early Start Kindergarten;
  • Approval for Kindergarten Inclusion Support Package;
  • Referral or letter from a specialist agency, a Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Enhanced Home Visiting Nurse or Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) regarding your child’s additional needs, or a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan.

Example Documentations

Proof of Date of Birth:   

Proof of Date of Birth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proof of Address:

Proof of Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immunisation Record:

Immunisation Record

 

 

 

What 3-Year-Old Kindergarten places are still available in 2021?

Vacancies continue to change as new registrations and changes to registrations are received and processed daily.  Whilst we are aware of the high demand of 3-Year-Old Kindergarten and currently have a significant waitlist, we are continuously working to explore opportunities to open more groups in 2021.

Please continue to review our timetable as more groups are added to help place more children into 3-Year-Old Kindergarten for 2021.

 

What 4-Year-Old Kindergarten places are still available in 2021?

Please note: Vacancies continue to change as new registrations and changes to registrations are received and processed daily.

We currently have vacancies in the following 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Groups.

How to register for 2021 Kindergarten

Registrations for 2021 4-year-old Kindergarten will be accepted from Sunday 1 March 2020. View the 2021 4-year-old Kindergarten timetable.

Registrations for 2021 3-year-old Kindergarten will be accepted from Wednesday 1 April 2020. View the 2021 3-year-old Kindergarten timetable.

Online:

Wyndham City’s Early Education & Care Services Online Portal is available for families registering with Wyndham City for the first time. Families with a current 3-year-old child placed in 2020 will be able to reapply through the online parent portal.

If you are applying for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) or a second year of 3-year-old or 4-year-old Kindergarten or have previously registered and cancelled the registration, please contact a Child and Family Support Assistant on 9742 8147.

When registering online, you will need to create an account and will be required to have electronic copies of all the relevant supporting documents to complete the registration. After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration.

You will be able to view your child’s current registration details, add or withdraw registrations, update their details as required, including your kindergarten/group preferences, respond to kindergarten offers and make online enquiries.

If you believe an account should exist but you don’t have the details or if you have previously had a child registered through the Central Registration System but do not have a portal log in, please contact a Child and Family Support Assistant on 9742 8147.

To register your child, visit the Early Education & Care Services Online Portal. This is the quickest and easiest method of registration

Paper Form:

Download - 2021 Kindergarten Registration Form

Email: kinderenrolments@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Post: Wyndham City Early Education & Care Services, P.O Box 197, Werribee VIC 3030

In Person:

  • Wyndham City Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee VIC 3030
  • Manor Lakes Community Centre, 86 Manor Lakes Boulevard, Manor Lakes
  • Tarneit Community Centre, 150 Sunset Views Boulevard , Tarneit
  • Point Cook Community Centre, 1 -21 Cheetham Street, Point Cook

Registration Fee

Families are required to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee.

Program

Registration Fee

3-Year-Old Kindergarten

$25

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

$40

Registration Fee is waived for families that meet the following criteria:

  • Children eligible for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK); or
  • If the child, parent or guardian is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
  • If the child, parent or guardian has refugee or asylum seeker status; or
  • If the child is in an Out of Home Care arrangement including kinship or is known to Child Protection; or
  • If the child, parent or guardian has one of the following cards/visa’s:
    •  A Commonwealth Health Care Card;
    • A Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card;
    • A Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card;
    • Refugee or Asylum Seeker Visa (200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 786, 790 or 866);
    • Bridging Visa for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas.

Please Note: A photocopy of the card/visa must be attached to your registration

The Victorian government is rolling out a program for all three year old children to attend funded kindergarten​. It will be available in certain areas from 2020, and across the state, including Wyndham from 2022. For more information please click here.

How to Register for 2022 Kindergarten

Registrations for 2022 Kindergarten will be accepted from Monday, 1 March 2021.

View the 2022 Kindergarten Timetable

REGISTER NOW

Online:

Wyndham City’s Early Education & Care Services Online Portal is available for families registering with Wyndham City for the first time. Families with a current 3-year-old child placed in 2021 will be able to reapply through the online parent portal.

If you are applying for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) or a second year of 3-year-old or 4-year-old Kindergarten or have previously registered and cancelled the registration, please contact a Child and Family Support Assistant on 9742 8147.

When registering online, you will need to create an account and will be required to have electronic copies of all the relevant supporting documents to complete the registration. After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration.

You will be able to view your child’s current registration details, add or withdraw registrations, update their details as required, including your kindergarten/group preferences, respond to kindergarten offers and make online enquiries.

If you believe an account should exist but you don’t have the details or if you have previously had a child registered through the Central Registration System but do not have a portal log in, please contact a Child and Family Support Assistant on 9742 8147.

To register your child, visit the Early Education & Care Services Online Portal. This is the quickest and easiest method of registration

Paper Form:

More information will be uploaded shortly

Email: kinderenrolments@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Post: Wyndham City Early Education & Care Services, P.O Box 197, Werribee VIC 3030

In Person:

  • Wyndham City Civic Centre, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee VIC 3030
  • Manor Lakes Community Centre, 86 Manor Lakes Boulevard, Manor Lakes
  • Tarneit Community Centre, 150 Sunset Views Boulevard, Tarneit
  • Point Cook Community Centre, 1 -21 Cheetham Street, Point Cook

Registration Fee

Families are required to pay a non-refundable Registration Fee of $40 *Subject to change.

Registration Fee is waived for families that meet the following criteria:

  • Children eligible for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK); or
  • If the child, parent or guardian is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
  • If the child, parent or guardian has refugee or asylum seeker status; or
  • If the child is in an Out of Home Care arrangement including kinship or is known to Child Protection; or
  • If the child, parent or guardian has one of the following cards/visa’s:
    • A Commonwealth Health Care Card;
    • A Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card;
    • A Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card;
    • Refugee or Asylum Seeker Visa (200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 786, 790 or 866);
    • Bridging Visa for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas.

Please Note: A photocopy of the card/visa must be attached to your registration

The Victorian government is rolling out a program for all three year old children to attend funded kindergarten​. It will be available in certain areas from 2020, and across the state, including Wyndham from 2022. For more information please click here.

Exceptional Circumstances

Wyndham City recognises that at times, there may be exceptional circumstances that require a family to attend a particular kindergarten services and/or kindergarten group. For this reason, a family may apply under exceptional circumstances to have their registration reviewed by the Central Registration Review Panel.

Exceptional circumstances are events or problems which you did not expect, and which stop you being able to perform to the best of your abilities. Examples of exceptional circumstances are:

  • Child and/or parent with a life threatening or debilitating illness or disease;
  • Parent with a disability;
  • Parent of child with a diagnosed mental illness;
  • Court orders that limit choices for kindergartens;
  • A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect;
  • Homelessness;
    • When a person does not have suitable accommodation alternatives, they are considered homeless if their current living arrangement:
      • Is in a dwelling that is inadequate; or
      • Has no tenure; or
      • If their initial tenure is short and not extendable; or
      • Does not allow them to have control of, and access to space for social relations

(As defined by Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011)

  • Drug and alcohol misuse;
  • Family violence;
  • Other situations verifiable by a child/family support service

To be eligible to submit aKindergarten Registration Exceptional Circumstances Request Form the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant must be applying for a 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten in the Wyndham City Central Registration Scheme;
  • The application must relate to either the child being enrolled in the kindergarten or the child’s parent/legal guardian or siblings;
  • All applicants must provide supporting documentation from a medical practitioner, health provider or an organisation/authority with expertise in a relevant field. A list of approved supporting documentation can be found in theKindergarten Registration Exceptional Circumstances Policy and Procedure 

Please Note:Families who are covered under Council’s Kindergarten Priority of Access (POA) do not need to complete a Kindergarten Registration Exceptional Circumstances Request Form. It’s important to note that exceptional circumstances would not ordinarily include transport or work circumstances.

All applications will be presented to the Central Registration Review Panel for deliberation. The panel will consist of the Coordinator of Early Education and Care Services and the Area Leader of Operations and Administration.

All requests will be actioned within 15 business days and a response will be sent to the applicant in writing advising of the outcome.

No Jab No Play

The No Jab No Play legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016. Under this new legislation, children will be required to have their immunisations up to date or have an approved exemption to commence kindergarten.

How does this affect enrolling children in Kindergarten?

An Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation must be produced prior to your child commencing Kindergarten showing immunisations are up to date. This is a condition of being able to commence Kindergarten. Evidence of a catch-up program can be produced in cases where children are late with immunisations.

Immunisation History Statements can be requested at any time by contacting Medicare:

Wyndham City Council’s Immunisations Team can assist families to obtain the required immunisation evidence to commence Kindergarten. Wyndham's Immunisation Officers can be contacted on 9742 0736 or immunisationteam@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Families who need further assistance with their Kindergarten registration should contact a Community Support and Enrolment Officer on 9742 8147 or kinderenrolments@wyndham.vic.gov.au to discuss their individual situation.

Immunisation schedule and catch up programs

A comprehensive childhood immunisation service is provided by Wyndham City and offered free to all children eligible with a Medicare Card. The Immunisations Team is available to discuss your child’s immunisation program and give the required vaccines.

Catch up programs can be tailored for children who are late with immunisations. Children from overseas can have their records transferred to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. It is preferred that families who wish to discuss transferring records from overseas notify the Immunisation Team before attending as the complexities of overseas immunisation can be time consuming. An appointment is usually made prior to attending a scheduled immunisation session.

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK)

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides free kindergarten to eligible three-year-old children. Wyndham City may be able to offer eligible children a Kindergarten place in a program for three-year-old’s (when run by a qualified teacher) or a four-year-old program. Children are eligible for ESK if they are aged three by 30 April in the year they will be attending a Kindergarten program, and;

  • The child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • The family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST)

To find out more and to watch a video on the benefits of Early Start Kindergarten visit Victoria Government - Types of Kindergarten Programs.

Please note: For Early Start Kindergarten registrations, please contact a Child and Family Support Assistant on 9742 8147 to discuss vacancies and to obtain a designated Early Start Kindergarten Form.

Supporting Aboriginal children and their families

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. 

Help us spread the word about Koorie Kids Shine by sharing our social media posts, content and videos visit the Education Victoria website.

Preschool Field Officer Service (PSFO)

The Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) program contributes to the provision of a quality Early Childhood program that can meet the diverse needs of all children.

The PSFO program is designed to provide support and professional services. It aims to build the capacity of Early Childhood Educators by working closely with the Educators to provide for the inclusion and participation of children with additional needs.

The PSFO program provides one unit of care, up to 11 hours, to eligible children who are attending a Kindergarten program in Wyndham. The PSFO Service is funded by both the Department of Education and Training (DET) and Wyndham City, who manage and deliver the service with no additional cost to families.

The PSFO program defines children with additional needs as children in a funded Kindergarten program presenting with developmental concerns. Development concerns may be associated with any area of a child’s development, such as;

  • Challenging behaviours;
  • Speech, language or communication delays;
  • Social and emotional difficulties;
  • A diagnosed disability.

Please Note: Children who have a diagnosed disability and are already supported by an early intervention service are not eligible for the service. The Educator will seek inclusion support from the early intervention service provider, not the PSFO.

The PSFO capacity building approach recognises and respects the expertise and ongoing role of the Early Childhood Educator in supporting children’s learning and development by supporting Early Childhood Eductors. Support may include:

  • Information, resources, program strategies, coaching, modelling of specific skills;
  • Identification of referrral pathways;
  • Contributing to recognising the child’s capabilities as well as their learning and develoment needs.

How to request support from the PSFO Service

Talk to your child’s Kindergarten Educator about the possibility of them obtaining support from the PSFO Service. Please contact the Wyndham City PSFO Service on 9742 8199 if you have any questions or visit our website here

Maternal and Child Health – 3.5-year-old – 4-year-old Key Aged and Stage Visits

Has your child had their 3.5-year-old - 4-year-old key age and stage visit?

If not, help your child get ready for Kindergarten and make an appointment to see a Maternal & Child Health Nurse.

How to make a booking

You can:

Phone: 9742 8148

Online:https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/form/maternal-child-health-key-age-st

What happens at the developmental check?

During the appointment the Nurse will check your child’s:

  • Growth
  • Development
  • Oral health
  • Vision screening
  • Offer advice on parenting support, safety and Kindergarten information.

Early Education and Care Services Family Term 1, 2020 Survey

Early Education and Care Services provides families with an opportunity to pass on any valuable feedback they have about their child's kindergarten experience by undertaking a yearly Family Survey.

View survey results

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