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How are kindergarten places allocated?

The Bayside Central Registration service uses 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 July 11.

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

Find out more about priority of access eligibility.

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.      

Continuity criteria and weighting relate to your child's circumstance and first preference kindergarten only.    
70% A current three-year-old child registering for a place in a four-year-old program at the same service; OR    
40% 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    
20% Incoming child of a former enrolment who attended in previous years applying for a place in a three or four-year-old program at the same service.

Proximity criteria and weighting relate to your child's circumstance and first preference kindergarten only.    
20% Registration for a place in either the three or four-year-old program where the first preference kindergarten is within a 2km radius to the child’s primary place of care; OR 
10% Resident registration for a place in either the three or four-year-old program at a community delivered kindergarten outside the 2km radius of the child's primary place of care. This includes families moving into Bayside that supply evidence of a future Bayside address. 

The bulk of offers, for all registrations received by June 19, are issued on July 11.

Offers are emailed to the address provided on the Registration Form on the council website. Families are strongly encouraged to check their inbox and SPAM on July 11. 

Where a kinder is not fully subscribed, all registrations received by June 19 will receive an offer.

Where a kinder is over subscribed, the priority, continuity and proximity criteria are applied, to first preferences only, and the maximum number of places available are offered.

Families have up to 7 days to respond to an offer. Failure to respond will result in an expired offer.

A declined or expired offer from the initial round creates a new vacancy which is offered in the second round of offers, with the same priority criteria applied.
 

You will receive an email notification advising that you are on the waitlist for subsequent offers should a vacancy become available. The email will also prompt you to make contact with the Early Years team to discuss options at other kindergartens.

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 creates a new vacancy which is offered in the second round of offers, with the same priority criteria applied. Vacancies also result from withdrawals after acceptance.

The Early Years team will work with you to allocate a place for your child.

 

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