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#1 the abc

Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:21 AM

We're trying to get into a kinder next year. Still no offers of a place & the Council is doing their last round of offers this week. Meanwhile, childcare wants us to register in the next week or so for their kinder program or we may miss out there. I would prefer a standalone kinder as our child definitely needs more structure/routine than he gets in the kinder room at childcare at the moment.

Two Q:
1. Can you register for kinder subsidy at childcare and transfer it to another kinder if we manage to get a place before Jan next year?
2. Any ideas/tips on getting a kinder place after offer process has been finalised? I tried contacting council but yet to hear back. I tried a kinder & they said all managed through Council, even after offer process.


#2 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:36 AM

Can’t answer number 1.

As for number 2, I am also in an area where all kinder enrolments are managed by the one council enrollement system. My son almost didn’t get into 3 year old, but luckily got a second round offer. Once you are in 3 year old ta a lot easier to get a 4 year old place at the same kinder.

Our only other alternatives were the very few, expensive, private kinders that are mostly attached to very expensive schools. Or an out of shire enrolment in a neighbouring council that doesn’t have a central enrolment system. I actually managed to secure a place at an out-or-shire kinder as well in the end. It was maybe a half hour drive from us, but 5 min from my MIL, so would have been annoying, but doable.

Have you looked at some kinders in neighbouring council areas? Although, it’s getting too late in the year now.

Or maybe another child care centre that has a more structured program?

I seriously had no idea how hard it would be to get into kinder, of all things!

#3 born.a.girl

Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:44 AM

I'd be calling the council and pleading with them to give you some idea of whether you're going to get an offer, because otherwise you're going to be out of pocket with CC.

You never know, you might get a human on the other end who understands what it's like.

#4 AdelTwins

Posted 15 August 2018 - 08:57 AM

Sometimes the ELC/Kindy attached to private schools are cheaper than childcare. Even with before and after school factored in.
They also have access to gym equipment and ovals for sport and the school library.

We had one girl in my boy’s year leave for a cheaper public school the following year. Be warned though, sometimes the schools are *so good* that you decide to continue on with them! ;)

#5 Fossy

Posted 15 August 2018 - 09:31 AM

1. Yes, very easy to do. No subsidies are paid until sessions start so easy to chop and change. You can even do it mid year if you get a place after term 1 starts.

2. A few good ideas above.
Check their selection criteria, it usually is 3yos already there, 4yos who defered then it looksnat geographical location so make sure you applied for your closest, as that will help.
Ask if there are ANY with vacancies that you didn’t put in your preference list. Often somewhere with short hours or late finish times etc won’t be as popular so you might get lucky.
Id also confirm that all kinders are in the enrolment scheme. I know in our council (boroondara) there are a few that aren’t and they usually have places.

I know how tough it is. We missed out on 3yo offers so went pivate ELC, which as mentioned works out cheaper  than CC. Good luck!

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