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Fees for Batman Park Kindergarten

Batman Park Kindergarten always strives to maintain an affordable service for families within our community. Significant time and effort is invested by the our committee on an annual basis to ensure fees are set at the lowest possible level, whilst giving consideration to the financial viability of the kinder.

2019 Fees

Three-year-old prekindergarten program single session
$350 per child per term

Three-year-old prekindergarten program double session
$595 per child per term

Four-year-old kindergarten program
$450 per child per term

Free or low-cost four-year-old kindergarten for eligible children

Your child may be eligible for government assistance to access free or low-cost kindergarten through the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Fee Subsidy or the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant. These initiatives allow children to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before school for free or at low cost.

The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
Your child is eligible in any of the following circumstances:
• if your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
• if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).
• or if your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:
– a Commonwealth Health Care Card
– a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
– a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card
– Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)
– Bridging visas for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas

If your family or child has a humanitarian or refugee visa listed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which is not included in the above list, your child may still be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.

Early Start Kindergarten extension grant
Your child is eligible for the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant if they are not eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy and they:
• previously accessed an Early Start Kindergarten grant
• participated in an Access to Early Learning program in the previous year, or
• identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

How do I apply?
To obtain the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy or the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant, families must provide a photocopy of a concession card, visa, birth certificate or other relevant documents to our Fees Officer (or Administration Assistant) prior to the start of each term. This photocopy can be scanned and emailed to the Fees Officer feesofficer@bpk.org.au or left with the Administration Assistant in the office. Batman Park Kindergarten will apply for the subsidy or grant on your behalf and the payment will be made directly to the kindergarten. Applications for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy or the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant may be made at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten.

As with all families at our service, families who are eligible for the subsidy or grant must pay a holding fee of $50 when enrolment is accepted to secure a four-year-old kindergarten place. For families eligible for subsidised kindergarten, this $50 holding fee will be refunded after the commencement of Term 1 and receipt by the fees officer of the relevant photocopied information. If the place is accepted and later declined (before Term 1 commences) the $50 holding fee will be non-refundable and will be kept by the kindergarten to cover administration costs.

For more information:
• Speak to the Fees Officer or Administration Assistant, or
• Visit the Department of Education and Training website

Free or low-cost kindergarten for eligible three-year-old children

Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low-cost kindergarten to eligible three-year-old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher. The grant may be used for children enrolled in the three-year-old pre-kindergarten program or the four-year-old kindergarten program.

Early Start Kindergarten
Your child is eligible for Early Start Kindergarten if they are aged three by 30 April in the year they will be attending a kindergarten program, and:
• your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or
• your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST).

How do I apply?
Batman Park Kindergarten will apply for Early Start Kindergarten on your behalf and the grant will be made directly to the kindergarten. Applications for Early Start Kindergarten may be made at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten.

As with all families at our service, families who are eligible for Early Start Kindergarten must pay a holding fee of $50 when enrolment is accepted to secure a place. For families eligible for subsidised kindergarten, this $50 holding fee will be refunded after the commencement of Term 1 and receipt by the Fees Officer of the relevant photocopied information. If the place is accepted and later declined (before Term 1 commences) the $50 holding fee will be non-refundable and will be kept by the kindergarten to cover administration costs.

For more information:
• Speak to the Fees Officer or Administration Assistant, or
• Visit the Department of Education and Training website

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