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Kindergarten Vacancies for 2016

There are currently vacancies in selected 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs within the municipality for 2016.

To find out which kindergartens currently have vacancies call 9688 0116 or earlyyearscentralregister@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au

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Maribyrnong City Council's Early Years Team provides a Central Registration System (CRS) as a single point of entry to fair, transparent and equitable access to early years services for all eligible children.

All local community based children’s services participate in the CRS, working in partnership with Council to facilitate registrations for Long Day Care and Four-year-old Kindergarten and Three-year-old Programs in the City of Maribyrnong.

Registrations can be made anytime after the birth of a child.

• A child must be at least four-years of age on or before 30 April in the year they are eligible to attend funded kindergarten.
• A child must be three years old prior to attending a three-year-old program.

Families are encouraged to:

• Contact services and arrange to visit before completing an application form and only nominate services where a place will be accepted if offered.
• Attend the three-and-a-half-year-old Maternal and Child Health visit with their child, if not already done so, before starting kindergarten.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $20 per child is required with the application. There is no charge for families with a current Commonwealth Health Care Card, a Commonwealth pensioner concession card, a Department of Veteran's affairs Gold Card or White Card or families that hold a temporary protection, humanitarian or refugee visa.

Online Portal

The Central Registration System is now online. The online portal will enable families to register for community based child care services, funded four-year-old kindergarten and three year old programs.

Once an online account is created families will be able to view their current registration details, add or withdraw registrations, update their details as required including nominated service preferences, respond to kindergarten offers and make online enquiries at any time.

If you have difficulties creating a new account or if you believe an account exists but are unable to log in please contact Maribyrnong City Council Early Years for assistance on 9688 0116 or email earlyyearscentralregister@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au.

Visit the Online Portal

How to Apply

Families can apply online using the online portal or complete an application form (below) for each child and submit in person or by post.

Families applying online for the first time need to create an account. Once an account is created, the portal will identify the family by the login email address and unique password. If the password is forgotten a temporary password will be sent to the email address upon request. Follow the on screen instructions to create a new password.

When completing an online application please ensure it is filled correctly, electronic copies of the required documents are uploaded and the application fee is paid (where applicable) before submitting to Maribyrnong City Council.

After the application is submitted, families will receive an email to the address provided confirming the application.

Once the application is processed by Council the child’s details will appear on the home page when logging into the system.

Application Form

Download a copy of the Application Form or collect from:

Customer Services at Maribyrnong City Council
Kindergartens
Long Day Care Centres
Maternal and Child Health Centres
Libraries
Community Centres

The Application Form may be submitted:

In person at Maribyrnong Council Offices with required documentation attached and payment by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.

By post with required documentation enclosed and payment by cheque or money order payable to Maribyrnong City Council (please do not send cash by post).

What to Include With the Application Form

  • Proof of child’s date of birth - copy of birth notice, birth certificate, passport, immunisation record or passport.
  • Proof of residence - utilities bill or rates notice with name and address clearly identified. This must be the main residence of the child.
  • Copy of current subsidy card/s e.g. a Commonwealth Health Care Card, a Commonwealth pensioner concession card, a Department of Veteran's affairs Gold Card or White Card where applicable or visas as listed on page 2 of the Application Form.
  • Supporting documentation, where applicable.
  • Non-refundable application fee payment of $20, where applicable.

Confirmation of Application

  • Following submission, correctly completed forms accompanied by payment of the application fee, where applicable, will be processed.
  • An acknowledgement email or letter will be sent within ten (10) working days from date of lodgment confirming registration details and preferences. Please contact CRS if this is not received within the specified timeline.
  • Families should check the details in the email or letter to make sure they are correct and keep it as proof of registration. This is only confirmation of registration and not a guarantee of an offer.
  • It is the responsibility of families to notify CRS in writing of any changes to their registration details including change of personal details (e.g. address, contact numbers). Alternatively, families that have online access may update their details electronically via their portal account.

Priority of Access Criteria

Priority of Access criteria are used to ensure fair, equitable and transparent allocation of Long Day Care and Kindergarten places for all eligible children where there are more waitlisted children than vacant places available. This recognises Commonwealth and State Government requirements and incorporates local area criteria prioritising families in the City of Maribyrnong.

Commonwealth and State Government Priority of Access Criteria

Assisting Vulnerable Children and Families

The CRS and partner services support State and Commonwealth government policies to promote participation of all eligible children, including those that research demonstrates are less likely to be enrolled in early years services. Vulnerable children and families referred to CRS are:

  • Given highest Priority of Access
  • Not held back if unable to provide supporting documentation on application or when allocating places
  • Continuously flagged through updating of data and CRS allocation procedures
  • Referred to and supported by professionals working with vulnerable families with prior consent, such as local area Family Services, Early Years Networks and Referral Agencies/Organisations

Some families and children may identify as vulnerable because of their particular circumstances. This may include children from families with a low income or experiencing problems with housing, domestic violence, substance abuse or mental health; having a young or sole parent, or a parent with a disability. Families that identify with any of the above circumstances may contact Maribyrnong City Council - Early Years on 9688 0116 for assistance.

Key Dates

Date CRS Activity
30 June Last date to change preferences and submit new applications prior to first round offers
Mid to late July First round offers for 4 year old kindergarten
Early to mid August First round offers for 4 year old kindergarten completed
Mid August to early September First round offers for 3 year old kindergarten
Late August First round offers for 3 year old kindergarten completed
September Second round offers for 4 year old kindergarten
October Second round offers for 3 year old kindergarten
October - December Kindergarten vacancies - Families that did not receive an offer are contacted by Council and provided with vacancy details. Late applications are processed and remaining vacancies are filled.
October - December Child care offers are made to families for the following year by LDC services.
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