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Three-Year-Old Kindergarten | Application Form

Please complete the details below to submit an application for a place in our 3-year-old kindergarten program.

To be eligible to attend 3 YEAR OLD kindergarten, your child MUST turn three (3) by 30th April in the year they attend. 

Families with children born between 1 January and 30 April have a CHOICE about whether their child will commence school in the year they turn five or the following year when they turn six, and therefore whether they commence 3 year old kindergarten in the year they turn three or the year they turn four. Children under three will not be able to attend Bentleigh West Kindergarten until they turn three (you can accept a place at the kinder, but won't be able to commence until your child's third birthday). 

A child will ONLY be eligible to receive a second year of 3 year old kindergarten if they are assessed by the kindergarten teacher as having at least two areas of significant developmental delay that are not age related e.g. If the child is exhibiting behaviour/s that is deemed consistent for their ‘young’ age they will NOT fit the criteria.


List of Allowed file types

Early Start Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

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 may be eligible for three year old kindergarten if your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST), or if you child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. For more information go to www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/kindergarten/Pages/earlystart.aspx

Please pay your $20 application by Internet (EFT) into the Bentleigh West Kindergarten account (receipts can be provided upon request):

BSB: 033034

Account No: 374466

Reference: Use your CHILD'S SURNAME

Please note, your application is not confirmed until this deposit has been received.

Please sign below to finalise your application.

Thank you, we have now received your application. 


Important information regarding the offer process:

PRIORITY OF ACCESS

Priority will be given to:

  • Children who have been approved to repeat a second year of three year old kindergarten
  • Children who have disabilities or additional needs
  • Children at risk of abuse or neglect, including children in Out-of-Home Care
  • Children who are eligible for the Early Start Kindergarten Program (three-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and children known to Child Protection may be eligible for this scheme). Details are available here
  • Children who have had a sibling attend and complete the 3 Year Old or 4 Year old program at the Kindergarten
  • Families that nominate the Kindergarten as their first preference for 4 Year Old Kindergarten within 28 days of the applications opening with the City of Glen Eira Central Enrolment Scheme. To do this, please go to the Glen Eira Council website for more details - https://www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/services/family-and-children/four-year-old-kindergarten

Once 4 year old applications have opened (1st of May), and families have submitted their preferences for 4 year old kinder, we will then endeavor to send out offers for 3 year old kinder at the earliest possible time. 

Please refer to the 3YO Group Enrolment and Orientation Policy for further details - https://www.bentleighwestkinder.org.au/bwk-policies

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out to the 3 year old enrolment officer on 3yoenrolments@bentleighwestkinder.org.au or call the Kinder directly on 03 9557 8365.