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3 Year Old Kinder

What is Three Year Old Kinder?

  • Three year old kinder is an educational program for three year olds in the year before preschool.
  • The three year old program only operates at centres where there is sufficient demand.
  • Three year old kinder is one day a week
    • 2022 - a five hour program. 
    • 2023 – a five hour program
  • To be eligible your child must be three years old before 30 April, in the year of attendance. Children must turn three years of age before they can commence at the service.
  • We operate a central enrolment scheme.
  • The enrolment form allows you to state your preference for a particular three year old group.

Is my child eligible?

To be eligible for three year old kinder, children must be three years of age before 30 April in year of attendance.

2023 Enrolments

On time Enrolments for 2023 three year old kinder closed 30 June 2022, however registrations are still being accepted and will be offered in order of receipt where places remain available. 

Enrol for 3 year old kinder for 2023

Kindergarten virtual open days

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Children are eligible for one year of funded three year old kindergarten and will commence four year old preschool the following year. Children who withdraw from a kindergarten program once they commence are not eligible for a second year of funded kindergarten anywhere in Victoria. Therefore, it is important that families consider whether their child is ready for three year old funded kindergarten, prior to their child commencing in the program.

Is my child ready for three year old Kinder? 

We need you to be informed about a few things, before you make the significant decision about when your child begins their Early Education journey

  • Every Victorian child is eligible to enrol in three-year-old kinder if they turn three by 30th April*
  • It is only possible to access ONE year of funded three year old kinder
  • If your child is younger, you may wish to wait until the following year, to begin three-year-old kinder
  • Children who withdraw from a kindergarten program once they commence are not eligible for a second year of funded kindergarten anywhere in Victoria.

Like you, we want your child to thrive, therefore, it is vital to consider if your child is emotionally READY to begin their journey into three-year-old kindergarten, or if they would gain more from the experience, if a bit older.

*Your child is unable to attend independently, until their third birthday

While making this decision, you may wish to discuss your child’s readiness with:

  • Your maternal and child health nurse
  • Educators at day-care.

You are welcome to contact any of our teachers, to discuss your child’s readiness.

Some families make the decision to enrol their child early, anticipating two years of four year old preschool, if required. However, we must make you aware that while a second year of funded four- year- old kindergarten may be granted by the department of education, due to particular circumstances, this is not guaranteed. For more information, please read the following:

Second year of funded Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (education.vic.gov.au)

Preferences are offered at all 25 Latrobe City Council preschools, however places will be dependent on enrolment numbers.

2022 Enrolments (this year)

You can still apply for kinder for the remainder of 2022, please email fsadmin@latrobe.vic.gov.au to arrange to have the registration link emailed to you.

Fees

3 year old kinder fees for 2022 are $100 per term a $31 admin fee is also applicable. 

The Victorian State Government has announced that from 2023 there will be no cost to families and therefore no fees will be applicable to either the 4 year old program or the 3 year old program.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (applicable to 2022 families)

The State Government provides a fee subsidy for eligible families who are holders of any of the following concession cards:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  • Refugee Visa (subclass 200)
  • In-country Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 201)
  • Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202)
  • Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa (subclass 786)
  • Protection visa (subclass 866)
  • Emergency Rescue visa (subclass 203)
  • Women at risk visa (subclass 204)
  • Bridging Visa A-E for humanitarian or refugee visa
  • Humanitarian stay visa (subclass 449)
  • Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Gold Card or White Card
  • Triplets or Quadruplets
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Current or expired Immi card

If you are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy your child can access up to 5 hours of three-year-old kindergarten or 15 hours of four-year-old kindergarten per week for free at all Latrobe City operated Kindergartens in 2022.

Where some centres, have a small number of enrolments, we may be able to combine a three year old session with a preschool (four year old) session.  

Three year old kinder sessions in 2022 will be offered at the centres below (centres and days are subject to change): Please note 2023 kinder days will not be determined until August.

  • Park Lane Preschool - Friday
  • Sara Court Preschool – Friday
  • Traralgon Early Learning Centre -Monday/Tuesday
  • Kay Street Preschool – Friday
  • Cumberland Park Preschool – Thursday
  • Cameron Street Preschool– Monday
  • Pax Hill Preschool - Wednesday
  • Traralgon South Preschool - Monday
  • Tyers Preschool – Friday
  • Glengarry Preschool - Monday
  • Maryvale Crescent Preschool - Monday  
  • Elizabeth Wilmot Preschool
  • Parklands Preschool - Monday
  • Churchill Hub Preschool – Monday
  • Glendonald Park Preschool
  • Boolarra Preschool – Monday
  • East Newborough Preschool - Monday
  • Murray Road Preschool - Thursday
  • Moe Early Learning Centre – Tuesday
  • Moe Heights Preschool
  • Yallourn North Preschool – Friday
  • Yinnar Preschool - Monday

Kindergarten offer timelines

On-time enrolments closed 30 June 2022 – enrolments are still being accepted after this date however will be classified as a late application.

First-round offers 

Late August 

Offer acceptance due 

Mid-September (two weeks after offer) 

Second-round offers 

Early October

Offer acceptance due 

Mid-October (two weeks after offer)

Offers from October onwards 

Weekly or when vacancies become available 

How to enrol your child for three year old kinder

You can still apply for kinder for the remainder of 2022, please email fsadmin@latrobe.vic.gov.au to arrange to have the registration link emailed to you.

Before you start you will need:

  • access to your email (we suggest using a personal email address as some organisations may have a block preventing you from receiving the kindergarten offer via your work email address)
  • a copy of your child’s immunisation history statement. Please see examples below
    PLEASE NOTE – Maternal and Child Health Records cannot be accepted. This document can be downloaded from the MyGov website

Related documents

 

Examples

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