4 year old kindergarten programs run for 15 hour per week ( or 15 and 22.5 hours per week only at Orrong Road Kindergarten). For timetable specifics please visit our Timetable Page
BEFORE you submit your online 4 year old Kindergarten Registration Application, please read important information below so you understand the kindergarten enrolment process and guidelines.
GEKA participates in the Glen Eira City Council’s central enrolment system for four-year-old community-based kindergartens. Please contact the Glen Eira Council for information on:
- submitting a Kindergarten Registration Application (4 year old kindergarten)
- find out where there are vacancies in your area
- learn where your child is placed on the Council waitlist
- make a changes to your kindergarten preferences
- access of priority
- general 4 year old enrolment enquiries
Glen Eira Council Service Centre:
Ph: 9524 3459
How old should my child be when they start kindergarten?
It is usual for children to attend a kindergarten program one year before they start primary school. This is often called ‘four year old kindergarten’.
To be eligible to attend 4 YEAR OLD kindergarten, your child MUST turn four (4) by 30th April in the year they attend. Refer to the table below to guide as to which year your child should attend in kindergarten based on age.
|Date of Birth||Enrolments Open from 1 May (01 July in 2020)||Year Attend 3YO kindergarten||Year Attend 4YO kindergarten|
|01 May 2015 – 30 April 2016||01 May 2018||2019||2020|
|01 May 2016 – 30 April 2017||01 May 2019||2020||2021|
|01 May 2017 – 30 April 2018||01 July 2020||2021||2022|
All children learn and develop in different ways. Some children may benefit from starting school at a younger age, while other children may benefit from starting later. Families with children born between 1 January and 30 April need to make an informed choice about WHICH year they would like their child to commence school and therefore which year their child will attend a kindergarten program.
It is important that children are ready to transition to school and that schools are ready to meet the needs of individual children. Therefore, it is important that from the time the child is eligible to enrol for kindergarten, parents carefully consider the best time for their child to start school, as this will help to determine the best time to start kindergarten.
Families of children with birth dates 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, and therefore whether they commence 4 year old kindergarten in the year they turn four or the year they turn five.
Some parents are under the false understanding that, should their child not be ready for school after one year of four year old kindergarten, that their child will automatically receive a second year of funded kindergarten. A child will ONLY be eligible to receive a second year of funded kindergarten if they are assessed by the kindergarten teacher in conjunction with an independent Preschool Field Officer, as having a least two areas of significant developmental delay that are not age related e.g. If the child is exhibiting behaviour/s that is deemed consistent for their ‘young’ age they will NOT fit the funding criteria.
For further advice and information regarding the right time to start kindergarten, please contact GEKA enrolments, or visit when to start kindergarten
How and when to enrol my child to 4 year old kindergarten
To register for a GEKA 4 YEAR OLD kindergarten, complete Glen Eira Council’s ONLINE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION APPLICATION You can chose a first, second and third preference and there is a non-refundable registration fee of $25. Completing this Application will place your child on a 4 year old kindergarten waitlist and is not a guarantee of place.
To learn more about the 4 year old kindergarten process, priority of access, preference changes and more, visit Glen Eira City Council
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