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Welcome to Middle Park Kindergarten

Middle Park Kindergarten offers 3 year old and 4 year old sessional kindergarten programs. It is conveniently located next to the Middle Park Primary School.

The wait list for the 3 year old group in 2023 is now open.

The wait list for the 3 year old group in 2024 will open in February 2022.

Remember your child must be a resident of the City of Port Phillip. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our Enrolment Officer, Jodie is available to discuss enrolment matters on Wednesday and Friday mornings during school term.

2021 & 2022 SESSION TIMES

3 year old (Dolphin) Group – 10 hours per week
Monday 12.45pm – 3.45pm
Wednesday and Friday 8.45am – 12.15pm

4 year old (Whales Group) – 16 hours per week
Monday 8.45am – 11:45am
Tuesday and Thursday 8.45am – 3.15pm

2022 FEES

$120 Administration Fee

3 year old group – 10 hours per week

$835 per term
$60 Excursion/Incursion fee
$110 Music Levy
$90 Sports Program ($45 per Term for Terms 3 & 4)
$25 AGM Fee (refundable if you attend AGM)
$80 Maintenance Levy ($40 refundable for attendance at each working bee)

4 year old group – 16 hours per week

$835 per term
$60 Excursion/Incursion fee
$110 Music Levy
$180 Sports Program ($45 per Term for Terms 1-4)
$25 AGM Fee (refundable if you attend AGM)
$80 Maintenance Levy ($40 refundable for attendance at each working bee)

ENROLMENT PROCESS FOR MIDDLE PARK KINDERGARTEN

Each year the kindergarten takes 22 children in the 3 year old group and 22 children in the 4 year old group.

It is usual that the 3 year old children progress to the 4 year old kindergarten group in the following year. If a child withdraws or repeats we are able to offer the position/s to other children on the waiting list. If you decline a position offered to you for 3 year old kindergarten, there is no guarantee a place will be available the following year. 

WHEN TO ENROL AT MIDDLE PARK KINDERGARTEN

Registrations for Middle Park Kindergarten will be accepted at any time from the start of February, 2 years prior to commencement of 3 year old kinder.

WAITLIST NOW OPEN FOR 3 YEAR OLD GROUP IN 2023

HOW TO ENROL AT MIDDLE PARK KINDER

In order to register your child on the waitlist they must be a resident of the City of Port Phillip.
Complete an MPK ENROLMENT REGISTRATION FORM.
Once completed, forward it to the kinder along with a $40 non-refundable waiting list fee.
Once this has been received, your child’s name will be placed on the waitlist and you will receive notification of this.*

*This waitlists your child and does not guarantee them a position. Once on the waitlist it is YOUR responsibility to keep your contact information current. Please advise any changes in writing.

It is our recommendation that you waitlist your child at other kindergartens in the area to avoid the disappointment of not being offered a position.

The Middle Park Kindergarten Enrolment Policy has now been amended to meet the Department of Education (DET) funding requirements in 2022. Both 4 year old and 3 year old kindergarten will now reflect the commencement age cutoff date of 30th April. In regard to 3-year-old kindergarten, your child must turn 3 by 30th April to attend and will be able to commence 3-year-old kindergarten once they turn 3 years of age. This means if you accept a place for your child, they can attend the kindergarten the day after their third birthday.

Children will only be considered for a second year of 3-year-old kindergarten if they demonstrate developmental delays in key outcomes of learning and development, similar to the current funding guidelines for 4 year old kindergarten.

First Priority is given to children who qualify under the “Priority of Access” criteria from DET requirements. These children include Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, refugee, health care card holders, DVA gold cards and those at risk of neglect or abuse. If we do not have an available position, we will do everything we can to work with these families and contact local kindergartens to assist in the child receiving a kindergarten place.

Second priority is given to children turning six years of age who have been granted an exemption from school age entry;
siblings of children who have attended Middle Park Kindergarten;
followed by children who live within Middle Park & Albert Park in date order of application

Third priority is given to children within the remaining suburbs of Port Phillip Council, such as Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda West, Elwood

MAKING AN OFFER OF A PLACE AT MIDDLE PARK KINDERGARTEN

Offers of places will be made in accordance with the selection criteria on our Enrolment Policy (found on About Us tab). The offers of places will be made during the year prior to commencement at the kinder. We ordinarily commence making offers of places in June/July and then work our way through the waiting list until all positions are filled. If you receive a letter of offer for a place then return the acceptance portion of the letter to the kinder by the date set out on the letter together with a non-refundable $120 administration fee, birth certificate, immunisation record and proof of address. The kinder place will remain secure until due date of term one fees. 

ORIENTATION SESSIONS

If you have accepted a position you will be notified and invited by email to attend an orientation session in October/ November (year prior to commencement). This will enable children to attend the kinder with their parents/carers and provides an opportunity for everyone to familarise themselves with the kinder & staff, and to meet other children in their group. These are informal sessions. At the orientation session you will be asked to complete an Enrolment Form. A child will be deemed not to be enrolled until the kindergarten has received a completed Enrolment Pack and Term 1 fees paid.