First Year (3 Year Old) Enrolments

Enrolment Information

GEKA participate in a Central Registration Scheme for sessional First Year (Three Year Old) and Second Year (Four Year Old) kindergarten programs. The Scheme is administered by local Councils on behalf of all sessional kindergartens operated by GEKA.

GEKA kindergartens offer a variety of sessional programs that vary in the length and the number of days your child may attend.  The session times can be viewed on our our Timetable 2022 page and Timetable 2023 page

To Enrol for a First Year (Three Year Old) kindergarten place:

  • Families seeking a First Year (Three Year Old) place 2022 in a Glen Eira Kindergarten apply directly with GEKA. We advise families to call us first, to learn where there are vacancies prior to completing our ONLINE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION APPLICATION
  • Families seeking a First Year (Three Year Old) place in 2023 or later in a Glen Eira Kindergarten apply with the Glen Eira Council.
  • Families seeking a First Year (Three Year Old) place in 2022 or later in Bayside, Monash or Kingston Councils apply directly with the relevant council.

ENROLMENT GUIDELINES

To learn WHEN and HOW to apply for a GEKA kindergarten place, find important dates along with other key enrolment information, please visit the local Council’s website the kindergarten is located in (exception – families wanting a 2022 First Year (3 Year Old) kindergarten place – applications are submitted directly with GEKA and not Council).

Bayside City Council Enrolments

City of Kingston Enrolments

City of Monash  Enrolments

Glen Eira City Council Enrolments

Kindergartens Managed by GEKA:

Bayside:

GEKA St John’s Kindergarten

Glen Eira:

GEKA Bentleigh Kindergarten
GEKA Bentleigh East Kindergarten
GEKA Brady Road Kindergarten
GEKA Carnegie Kindergarten
GEKA Caulfield Primary Kindergarten
GEKA Caulfield South Kindergarten
GEKA Centre Road Kindergarten
GEKA Glover Street Kindergarten
GEKA McKinnon Kindergarten
GEKA Murrumbeena Kindergarten
GEKA Orrong Road Kindergarten

Kingston:

GEKA Chelsea Kindergarten

Monash:

GEKA Sacred Heart Kindergarten

AGE REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for funded First Year (Three Year Old) Kindergarten, your child must be three years of age or older by 30 April in the year they attend.

If your child turns three between the commencement of Term 1 and April 30 they can only attend once they turn three. A pro rata fee will apply and your child’s educator will discuss an individual orientation schedule with you where you will be able to visit the kindergarten for short periods of time and parent/guardian must remain with child for visits.

Families with children born between 1 January and 30 April have a CHOICE about whether their child will commence school in the year they turn five or the following year when they turn six, and therefore whether they commence First Year (3YO) Kindergarten in the year they turn 3 or the year they 4.

Children accessing First Year Kindergarten will transition to Second Year Kindergarten the following year.  NO children will repeat funded First Year Kindergarten.  If children need a third year of kindergarten and meet the criteria, they will do this at the end of the Seconded Year of kindergarten, prior to the transition to school.

If you are unsure about the best time for your child to start a kindergarten program, contact the GEKA customer relations team. Find out how the kindergarten program can support your child. You can also attend a tour of the kindergarten that your child is likely to attend. As well, you can talk with your child’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse, family doctor and any other professionals your child sees (for example, Speech Therapist, Physiotherapist or Paediatrician).

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