Frequently Asked Questions

What are your class sizes and staff/child ratios?

Our three-year-old class (Yellow Group) has a maximum of 22 children. There is a maximum number of 22 children in Yellow Group extended care sessions.

Our four-year-old group (Blue Group) has a maximum of 22 children.

For children over three years of age, the ratio of staff per child is 1:11

All of our kindergarten sessions including Extended care are taught by a qualified kindergarten teacher (Bachelor of education in early childhood) and a qualified assistant (minimum level cert 3 children services)

How do I enrol?

Studley Park Kindergarten’s enrolments are managed by Boroondara Council’s Central Enrolment Scheme (BCKES). Please see the Enrolments page under Information for more information.

Can my child attend three-year-old kindergarten if they turn three years old after the April 30th cut-off?

No. Children must have turned three years of age on or before 30 April in the year of attendance to be eligible for a three year old kindergarten program at a kindergarten managed by the Boroondara Council’s Central Enrolment Scheme

Children must also be three years of age before commencing the program at any kindergarten. If your child turns three on April 15th, then they can commence kindergarten on April 15th, not before. You will however need to pay the full year’s kindergarten fees.

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My child is too young to start the three year old kinder session. Can I attend the kinder session with them until they have turned three years of age?

No, policy of the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolments Scheme (BKCES) is that children do not start the kindergarten program until they turn 3. It is not practical for us to accommodate multiple parents attending with children, and it can hinder the ability of all children to separate from the parents and settle into the kindergarten program at the start of the year if parents remain at the kindergarten with children who have not yet turned three.

I’m not sure my child is ready for kinder, can I defer their position?

According the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolments Scheme (BKCES) enrolment policy:

* Three year old program (Yellow Group): A place in our three year old program can be deferred until the following year by notifying BKCES in writing on or before the last day of 30 April. Children who have deferred from the 3 year old program are considered not to have accessed a year of 3 year old kindergarten, and are therefore eligible to attend 3 year old kindergarten in the following year.

* Four Year Old program (Blue Group): A place in our four year old program can be deferred until the following year by notifying BKCES in writing on or before the last day of Term 1. Children who have deferred from the 4 year old program are considered by DET not to have accessed a year of funded kindergarten, and are therefore eligible for DET funding in the following year.

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Can my child repeat three year old kinder if I decide they need an extra year at kinder?

According the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolments Scheme (BKCES) enrolment policy, a second year of 3 year old kindergarten will only be granted on the teacher’s approval on the grounds of additional needs. (Supporting documentation may be required).

Parents/guardians of children applying for a second year of 3 year old kindergarten must submit an Enrolment Application Form to the BKCES before the close of enrolments (June 24th in 2016)

What are the requirements for a second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten?

To receive funding for a second year of four year old kindergarten, a child must exhibit at least two areas of developmental delay.

Your kindergarten teacher must lodge a completed ‘Declaration of eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten’ (Form SF06) by the end of Term Three in the year prior to the repeat year. Your kindergarten teacher may consult with the City of Boroondara Preschool Field Officer to discuss your child’s funding application.

Please be aware that children born between January and April that are deemed ‘young’ will not be automatically granted funding for a second year of 4yo kinder. All children need to be assessed as having at least two areas of developmental delay that are not age related.

My child has additional needs. Do I need to tell kinder before they start?

Yes. It is best for families to share as much information as possible regarding their child so that staff can plan ahead, support and ensure a smooth transition into the kinder environment. In addition, children who may be eligible for DEECD Special Education Program funding, will need to coordinate with the kindergarten teacher well before the beginning of the kinder year.

At SPK we actively work with, and liaise with specialist services (Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, PreSchool Field Officers, etc) to assist and support individual children to reach their maximum potential at SPK. This means that there are often visitors observing our groups and spending valuable time with us at kinder.

At times staff might approach families to communicate some concerns about a child’s development and/or progress at kinder. It might be suggested that your child undergo a hearing test, speech screen, assessment with an Occupational therapist or a visit to the Paediatrician. This is to assist your child in reaching their full potential with all support structures in place to allow this to happen. Staff are committed to working with you, and other specialist services if needed, to enhance your child’s learning, and development, journey.

Please advise the kindergarten teacher in writing if your child has additional needs as soon as you accept a kindergarten position. This information enables the kindergarten to make additional arrangements if required.

My child has anaphylaxis. What do I need to do before they start kinder?

Any child who is diagnosed with a life threatening medical condition (i.e. Anaphylaxis, Asthma) must have a medical management plan completed by their doctor prior to commencement at SPK.

Medical Management Plans are available through the following websites:
http://www.asthmafoundation.org.au/resources.aspx
http://www.allergy.org.au/health-professionals/anaphylaxis-resources/ascia-action-plan-for-anaphylaxis

Specific policies relating to Asthma and Anaphylaxis are available in the SPK Policy and Procedure Manual.

The at risk child’s parents/carers will be asked to provide a “treat box” or appropriate safe alternatives for the child during parties/celebrations.

Please see www.allergy.org.au for Action Plan templates

Is there any financial support available for families attending Kew kindergartens?

Financial Support for 4 year old Program

Families with children enrolled within the Four Year Old Kindergarten Program (Blue Group) who also hold a valid Health Care Card are eligible for a KINDERGARTEN FEE SUBSIDY from DET for 15 hours of kindergarten per week.

The Foundation Boroondara Kinder + is a program designed to make four year old Kindergarten both affordable and accessible for all Boroondara families. The key element of the program is a fee subsidy scheme. Kinder + can also facilitate access to a network of community support agencies for families experiencing financial/social difficulties. For more information about eligibility, see Foundation Boroondara. 

Financial Support for 3 year old Program

Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten to eligible three year old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher. Your child is eligible if your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST), or your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Applications for Early Start Kindergarten funding are made by the service on your behalf and the grant is paid directly to the service.

For more information, please click the link below,

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/kindergarten/Pages/earlystart.aspx