We offer a kindergarten program for 3½ to 5½ year old children. The target age group for our program are children who turn four years old by 30 June in the year they attend (i.e. children in the year immediately prior to the prep year).
We will manage and process waiting list and enrolment applications in line with our policy which aligns with relevant legislation, funding obligations and the principles of inclusion and equitable access.
Waiting List Applications
To place your child on our waiting list for the current year or future years, please click on the above link to complete our Waiting List Form. A separate waiting list for each year of enrolment is maintained at Chelmer-Graceville Kindergarten, with the view of providing inclusive and equitable access into our kindergarten. A child’s name is considered to be registered on the waiting list when we have received a completed waiting list form and the waiting list fee has been paid and receipted. Please advise the kindergarten of any change in address, phone number and email address whilst your child’s name is on our waiting list.
Where possible, we encourage parents / guardians to visit our kindergarten to meet our educators before placing their child’s name on a waiting list.
Please note that the Wait List Application fee for the 2021 Waiting List has now been Waived. Please simply submit your wait list application form to have your Child's name placed on the 2021 Waiting List.
Our offer process includes the following steps:
Enrolment offers are made based on the paid date of the waiting list application.
Priority is given to eligible age children.
The families of those children recommended by our Kindergarten to receive a second year of funded kindergarten will receive a letter offering them a place for the following year.
First round offers are made on or around 1st June of the year prior to attendance in accordance with our eligibility criteria and the order of the waiting list.
Upon receiving a letter of offer, families are advised of a deadline for choosing to accept or decline the offer. A non-refundable Enrolment Fee of $100 is required upon acceptance of an offer.
Subsequent rounds of offers are made on a rolling basis as and when offers are declined and until all positions are filled.
Please note that offers for the 2021 Kindergarten year were made in June 2020. If you would like to place your child's name on the waiting list for 2021, please submit a wait list application - the wait list fee for the 2021 year has been waived.
Once an offer of kindergarten placement is accepted and the enrolment fee is paid, families are invited to attend a new family information evening held at the kindergarten later that year. This is an opportunity for new families to meet each other and the staff and Management Committee, and to learn about how the kindergarten operates. At this evening you will be provided with an information pack, and if you cannot attend your pack can be emailed to you.
Enrolment Forms are now completed online and a link to our online enrolment form will be sent to you via email for completion with a copy of our Handbook and any other relevant information.
Before Starting Kindergarten
Take the opportunity to spend some time with us before your child starts. This may be one visit or a number of visits over a few weeks. Meet your child’s educators, explore play areas and observe the curriculum in action. This will support both you and your child on this new journey and will help you both feel more confident on your child’s first day.
In the lead up to your child’s first day, take time to talk with them about what their first day will be like; discuss the things they will bring with them to kindergarten, the people that will be looking after them, the children they will play with and the experiences they will engage in. Remind your child of what they saw when they visited the kindergarten; the space for their bag and hat, the toilets, their sheets and hand washers, and the play areas.