Fees

Fees

It is the responsibility of the Committee of Management of Mildura South Kindergarten Incorporated to be financially responsible and to keep the Centre viable.

Fees for 2020.

Hat & Name badge are not included in the above and are $10.00 each.

Fees are to be set in September/October of each year for the following year. The Committee will endeavor to keep fees as affordable as possible.

All children will be treated as individual enrolments, (twins/multiple births, second child enrolled in same year at Centre).  Parents will be expected to pay fees as set by the Committee upon accepting a place at the Kindergarten.

Health Care cardholders, who are entitled to a Government rebate on fees.  To be eligible for the reduced fee, cardholders must present their current card for each payment due to the Kindergarten.

Fee invoices will be given to each family indicating the fee that is due.  Fee collection is mandatory and the Committee has the discretion to withdraw services for non-payment of fees. Each family will be required to sign a fees contract.  A Fundraising Levy will be added to your total yearly fee.  The fundraising levy replaces the need to do fundraising activities for two terms.

If parents are experiencing difficulty with the payment of fees, they are advised to contact the kindergarten as soon as possible.  There is a process for negotiating unpaid fees and a relevant person to contact. In genuine financial hardship, individual cases will be taken to the Executive of the Committee for confidential discussion.  Parents are assured that all discussion regarding unpaid fees will be treated with confidentiality.

Deposits and fees are non refundable, although all written submissions to the Committee of Management will be considered.

The following are exempt from payment of fees 4yr old ( year before school )

  • CommonwealthHealth Care Card, Pensioner concession card or Veterans Affairs Card
  • Indigenous, Torres Strait Islanders
  • Mulitple births (triplets or more)
  • Refugee or Assylum seeker with appropriate visa

National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education

In 2014, Victoria signed up to a new National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education which provides funding for the 2019 calendar year. The agreement is designed to achieve the following aims:

  • Maintain universal access to a quality early childhood education program for all eligible children in the year prior to formal schooling for 600 hours
  • Deliver the kindergarten program by a qualified early childhood teacher who meets National Quality Framework requirements
  • Offer a program that meets the needs of children, parents and communities and ensure that costs are not a barrier to participation
  • Focus on participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged children, regardless of the setting in which programs are delivered
  • Ongoing commitment to ensure that every Indigenous four year old in a remote community has access to a quality early childhood education program.

The Commonwealth Government provides funding to the Victorian Government to assist meeting the cost of the additional five hours of kindergarten funding in addition to the Victorian contribution for 10 hours.

Mildura South Kindergarten Committee of Management endeavours to fulfil the above requirements. The committee of Management aim to provide 600 hours as stated above; taking into consideration approved days for Professional Development, child pupil free days, staff availability and any unforeseen circumstances.

Parents Occupation & Qualifications

Effective from 2018, there will be changes to the kindergarten funding model.  To support these changes the Department of Education and Training (DET) is requesting that we collect new information as part of our enrolment process.  This information will assist with funding being directed to services with most need.

Payments / Money Collection

Fees can be paid by cheque, cash, direct credit or EFTPOS.

Banking details for direct credit are recorded on invoices and there is a $2.00 surcharge for EFTPOS transactions.

Please do not give fee payments to teaching staff.

Koorie and Torres Strait Islander Funding.

Funding is available for eligible 3 Year Old children.  Please speak with staff if you feel you are eligible.

Early Start Kindergarten Program for Three Year Old Children known to Child Protection

Funding is now available to allow eligible 3 Year Old children to access up to 15 hours per week for free.