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4 Year Old Preschool/Kindergarten and KEYS Online

Knox Family and Children’s Services manage 30 preschools across the Municipality and employ over 100 qualified and experienced educators (Teacher Educators and Assistant Educators) to provide quality education and care programs for children.

The preschool year is important for every child. It encourages children to:

  • Be creative and confident thinkers.
  • Build overall confidence, self reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Experience the joy of success and learning with other children and adults.

Research shows that a quality early childhood service positively influences a child’s brain development and future learning and formal education.

Preschool Cluster Management is changing soon

Knox City Council is one of the largest and longest serving Preschool Cluster Managers in Victoria.

The State Government has announced significant changes to the role of Council as an Early Years Management (EYM) organisation (previously Preschool Cluster Management) and Approved Provider of our 28 Preschool locations in relation to how Council works with and engages volunteer Preschool Committees.

During 2017 we undertook a number of feedback sessions, focus groups and surveys in order to gain a better understanding of how parent groups are involved with our preschools and how we can continue to enhance that involvement. Your feedback is now informing our planning for the new Early Years Management Framework implementation in 2019.

For more information, visit Early Years Committees.

Registering for a Knox City Council 4 year old Preschool

Register your child for a 4 year old Preschool via our KEYS Online portal. You will need to create an account if you haven’t already and follow the prompts to submit your interest.

KEYS Online replaces the paper registration process. Families are able to register, pay fees and view offers of preschool places from home at any time, seven days a week. You can login at any time to update your details or Preschool preferences. It is your responsibility to ensure that your details are correct and up-to-date at all times to allow us to process your child's preschool/kindergarten application. This will also ensure that your child can receive their Preschool Offer. Updates made in KEYS Online may take up to 2 weeks to be reflected in the portal.
If you are a family with a child or children already enrolled you will have received an email with KEYS Online login details. If you are unsure whether you have an account, please contact Knox Preschool Services on 9298 8000 or preschool@knox.vic.gov.au

To be eligible to attend a 4 year old Preschool Service, your child must be four years old by 30 April of the year they start preschool. Children can be registered from birth.

KEYS Online

Who gets Priority of Access

Knox City Council has a Central Registration process for allocating places at preschools managed by Knox City Council. This Central Registration process includes a Priority of Access Policy and Procedure that ensures Preschool Services are accessible and equitable to all families.

The Priority of Access is a points-based system that allocates preschool placements to ensure a fair and equitable enrolment system, outlined in the Funded Preschool Policy. Higher priority points are allocated to children in Knox who are:

  • Previously deferred
  • Enrolled in or on a waiting list for an early intervention service in Knox
  • Already a user of one of our other early years services
  • From those families identified as vulnerable, according to set criteria

When is my child/children eligible to attend 4 year old Preschool?

To be eligible to attend a Preschool Service, your child must be four years old by 30 April of the year they start preschool.

Birth Date Range Year Attending
1/5/2012 to 30/4/2013 2017
1/5/2013 to 30/4/2014 2018
1/5/2014 to 30/4/2015 2019
1/5/2015 to 30/4/2016 2020
1/5/2016 to 30/4/2017 2021
1/5/2017 to 30/4/2018 2022

Preschool Offer process

Preschool Fees and Charges

The 2018 Preschool Fee is $1,476 per child split into four termly payments of $369.

A sibling discount is available for families where more than one child is attending Preschool in the same year. The sibling discount fee for 2018 is $1,410.40 split into four termly payments of $352.60, and is available to the second child attending the service only.

The first payment is due in January 2018, payable through KEYS Online.

KEYS Online

If, upon receipt of an invoice for Preschool fees, you will not be able to pay the amount by the due date, please contact Knox Preschool Services on 9298 8000. Fees may be paid in instalments.

Non-payment of fees may mean a child will be unable to attended or continue to attend Preschool with Knox City Council.

How are my fees used?

In 2018, collected preschool fees are split into two components and used solely to help support the operation of Council’s 28 preschool services within Knox.
A portion of the fees collected are passed back to preschool committees in the form of a grant, the purpose of which is to assist preschool committees with operational expenditure.

Examples of these costs include:

  • Incursions and excursions
  • Educational equipment and materials
  • Minor maintenance of playground and centre
  • Utility bills

The balance of fees collected are utilised by Council to supplement the more substantial program costs incurred.

These include:

  • Employee costs
    • Educators and support staff wages
    • Training and professional development for 130 educators
    • Administration
    • Program support
  • Office equipment (and software)
  • Facility upgrades e.g. refurbishment of Bena Angliss

In addition to fees collected, Council receives a range of state government grants, and in 2018, contributed an additional $799,000 from Council budget towards preschool services.

View a breakdown of how collected fees and Council money will be allocated in 2018

What does 'funded preschool place' mean?

The Victorian Government provides funding to Council so children can access a preschool program in the year before they start school. Funded preschool programs cannot be accessed in two different services.

If a place is already being accessed at a different Children’s Service that offers a funded preschool program (e.g. a child care centre, or a private school), this will be considered your Victorian Government eligible funded preschool place.

Please note that funded preschool is also offered in Council’s Long Day Care Services.
For more information please contact 9298 8000.

Do I qualify for a fee subsidy?

The State Government offers assistance in the form of a Preschool fee subsidy to promote participation in preschool and to make preschool fees affordable for families in any of the following circumstances:

  • If your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • If your child is a triplet or quadruplet attending preschool in the same year.
  • If your child individually holds or has a parent or guardian who holds one of the following:
    • Commonwealth Health Care Card
    • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
    • Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card
    • Eligible or Asylum Seeker visa

Funded Preschool Program

The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality preschool program in the year before they start school. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the costs of the preschool program.

Your child can only be funded for a preschool place at one service at a time and only for one year (unless your child is assessed as being eligible for a second funded year by your child's preschool teacher).

If your child will be attending another children's service that offers a funded preschool program, you must tell that service that Knox City Council Preschool Service will be claiming funding for your child.

Conscientious objection is not an exemption under the No Jab No Play legislation.

The legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016.

Find your nearest Preschool

View our map of Preschools in Knox.

No Jab, No Play

Under the 'No Jab, No Play' legislation before a child begins at preschool or any licensed Early Childhood Service the Service must first obtain evidence that the child is:

  • Fully immunised for their age or
  • On a recognized vaccination catch up program or
  • Unable to be fully immunized for medical reasons

Frequently Asked Questions about 4 Year Old Preschool

Links to Support Services for Families

About Preschool Education and Learning

Educational programs at Knox Preschool Services focus on individual children’s strengths and abilities. Educators plan a play-based program to extend each child’s learning and development.

Establishing positive and respectful relationships between children and adults is an important foundation for supporting each child’s wellbeing and sense of themselves as independent and capable learners.

Educators have planned outcomes for each child and the preschool group. The indoor and outdoor play environments are set up with both the group and each child’s interests, skills, development and needs in mind.

Your child’s educators will work in partnership with you to identify and plan for your child’s individual skills, strengths and interests. Throughout the preschool year educators document your child’s learning. You will have opportunity to meet with educators to discuss your child’s learning and have access to records and observations of your child.

Educators at Knox City Council Preschool Services develop programs for children that are based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

School Readiness - Parent Information Evening - 16th August 2018

Family and Children Services invite you to join us for a parent information evening with Melinda Vander Reest, Early Childhood Consultant.

Melinda will explore the topic 'school readiness' and provide tips for planning a smooth transition to school for children.

Date: Thursday 16 August 2018
Registration: 7.15pm
Time: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Knox Civic Centre, Function Rooms 3 & 4
511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South

Register your attendance via play@knox.vic.gov.au or call 9298 8348

Our service commitment

Knox City Council is committed to providing the very best service possible to you and your family. Family satisfaction surveys are conducted annually and educators welcome your feedback about the preschool service at any time.

Translating and Interpreting Service

If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask them to telephone Knox City Council on 03 9298 8000.

Early Years Hubs in Wantirna South and Bayswater

Council decided on 26 April 2016 to proceed with the construction of two early years hubs – one at the Knox Gardens Preschool site in Wantirna South, and the other at the Blue Hills Children and Family Centre site in Bayswater.

The centres are scheduled to open early 2019.

For further information about the early years hubs project, please visit www.knox.vic.gov.au/eyhubs

For more information

For more information on Council's Preschool service call us on 03 9298 8000.

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