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How are kindergarten places allocated?

We use State Government guidelines and Bayside local criteria to allocate kindergarten offers. These are used when there are more registrations than places available. The first round of offers for a kindergarten place are issued via email on June 1st.

Kindergarten offers are allocated in accordance with state Government Guidelines which prioritise access for children who are vulnerable, at risk, or have a disability.

For information on priority of access eligibility, visit the Department of Education.

All other places are offered in accordance with Bayside's local criteria, continuity and proximity, which are reviewed on an annual basis taking into account feedback from kindergarten teachers, committees, families and guidance from the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Education and Training.

What are the continuity and proximity criteria?

Continuity and proximity criterion weighting is only applied where there are more registrations than places available in order to create equitable access. Your child will not be excluded from registering or selection because they do not meet one or all of them.

Continuity criteria and weighting

Your child's circumstance Weighting
A current three-year-old child registering for a place in a four-year-old program at the same service; OR 70%
Incoming sibling of a current enrolment applying for a place in a three or four-year-old program at the same service OR two siblings will be attending the same service in the same year; OR 40%
Incoming child of a former enrolment who attended in the previous four years applying for a place in a three or four-year-old program at the same service. 20%

Proximity criteria and weighting

Your child's circumstance Weighting
Registration for a place in either the three or four-year-old program where the first preference kindergarten is the closest community delivered kindergarten to the child’s primary place of care; OR  20%
Resident registration for a place in either the three or four-year-old program which is not at their closest community delivered kindergarten. This includes families moving into Bayside that supply evidence of a future Bayside address. 10%

What if I do not receive an offer on June 1st?

Offers are emailed to the address you provide when registering on the council website. Families are strongly encouraged to check their inbox and SPAM on June 1st (offers are sent in batches throughout the day so may still arrive late in the afternoon).

If you do not receive an offer, you will be notified via email advising that you are on the wait-list for subsequent offers.

How does the wait-list work?

The wait-list applies when a kindergarten has more applications than places. When first round offers are issued, families have 7 days to accept or decline the offer, after which time the offer expires.  A declined or expired offer from the 1st round results in new vacancies which are then offered to the next family/ies on the wait-list (on a day to day basis as they become known). Vacancies also result from withdrawals after acceptance.

The Family Services team will work with you to allocate a place for your child.

Multiple births and siblings

Where possible, multiple births and siblings who will attend kindergarten during the same period will be kept together.

Can an offer be deferred?

You cannot elect to defer an offer. An offer can either be accepted or declined.

A request to defer an accepted three or four-year-old place will be assessed on a case by case basis. However, once a child has commenced in the kindergarten program, deferrals are not available if the kindergarten has provided their yearly enrolment data to the Department of Education and Training (which is any time during the first term). If you have concerns about your child’s readiness, you will need to discuss this with your child’s teacher at your earliest opportunity.

Can my child repeat a year?

Requests to repeat three-year-old kindergarten are only considered for children with additional needs or disadvantage. These repeats will require documentary support from the kindergarten teacher and will be approved on a case by case basis.

A repeat four-year-old year occurs where a child is assessed by the teacher or another early childhood professional as having delayed development identified in 2 or more areas and has been approved as eligible for a second year of funded kindergarten by the Department of Education and Training.

Where a child is not approved as eligible for a second year of funded kindergarten they will not be offered a kindergarten place until all eligible applicants have been offered places. The child will need to be self-funded during the repeat year. The place will need to be vacated if needed for a new enrolment who has yet to receive their first funded year.

For information regarding repeating four-year-old kindergarten, please visit www.education.vic.gov.au

Bayside City Council acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.