Our Program

Three Year Old & Four Year Old Program

All Three-and Four-Year-Old Enrolments are managed by Nillumbik Council. Please click on link below for more information or for Nillumbik central registration enquiries contact Council at preschool@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or call on 9433 3161.

Preschool (Kindergarten) – Nillumbik Shire Council

You can also email our Enrolments Officer with any specific questions: enrolments@elthamsouthpreschool.org.au

From 2022, children will be able to attend kindergarten programs in the two years before they start at primary school.

3 year old kindergarten

In 2024, Eltham South Preschool will be offering a total of 24 places in our 3-4 year old program.

As per our Policy and due to educator to child ratio numbers, we will only be allowing children to start in our 3-4 year old program once they have turned 3.

We recommend speaking to our kindergarten teacher when deciding the right time to begin 2 years of funded kindergarten. This is especially relevant for those children whose birthdate falls between January 1st and April 30th. These children have the option of starting funded kindergarten either in the year that they will turn 3 years of age OR in the year that they will turn 4 years of age.

When your child starts at kindergarten directly relates to the age they will start at primary school. When enrolling at 3 year old kindergarten, we encourage families to plan and consider the age they would like their child to start at primary school.

As per the Education Department Policy, there will be no second year of 3 year old kinder offered.

Kindergarten Starting Ages

If your child was born: Your child is eilgible to attend Three-Year-Old Kinder in:
1 January 2020 – 30 April 2020 2023 or 2024
1 May 2020 – 31 December 2020 2024
1 January 2021 – 30 April 2021 2024 or 2025
1 May 2021 – 31 December 2021 2025
1 January 2022 – 30 April 2022 2025 or 2026
1 May 2022 – 31 December 2022 2026

4 year old kindergarten

In 2024, Eltham South Preschool will be offering a total of 39 places in our 4-5 year old program.

Offer Letters

Eltham South Preschool will receive the names and contact details from Council on the 22nd August 2024 of families who have accepted their offer for our 3-4 and 4-5 year old programs. We will then send out our offer letters to the families by the 27th August 2024 to confirm the enrolment. To confirm acceptance of a place, Eltham South Preschool will require families to send in their group preference for 4 year old groups (this does not apply to the 3 year old’s as we only have one group), a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate, signed funding letter and a copy of your child’s updated Immunisation Statement (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jab-no-play) by the date stated in the offer letter. We will not be accepting any group preferences before this date.


From 2023 onwards, the Victorian State Government has announced that free kinder will be available for both 3-4 and 4-5 year old preschool programs at participating services in sessional settings, and in long day care services offering a funded preschool program.

In 2024 we offer a free 15-hour program to both our 3-4 year old and 4-5 year old children.

In 2025 we will be offering a free 15-hour program to our 3-4 year old and 4-5 year old children.

For more information please visit the Victorian Government website.

Statement of Policy

Eltham South Preschool Association Incorporated is established to meet the needs of children in their Preschool life. The Association employs professionally qualified teaching staff, who continually update their professional skills to ensure the program incorporates leading edge thinking.

The day-to-day running of the centre is the responsibility of our teaching staff. They have the authority from the Management Committee to conduct the centre and teaching staff develop and present a program which is reflects and follows the learning areas outlined in the accredited Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). The program is suited to the children’s needs and development.

A full and comprehensive set of the Centre’s Policies is available to all parents for perusal. (The Committee of Management advises that all policies are subject to change). Upon enrolment, all parents will agree to abide by the policies of Eltham South Preschool. The policies are as follows:

  • Acceptance and Refusal of Authorisations
  • Administration of First Aid
  • Administration of Medication
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Child Safe Environment
  • Code of Conduct
  • Complaints and Grievances
  • Curriculum Development
  • Dealing with Infectious Diseases
  • Dealing with Medical Conditions
  • Delivery and Collection of Children
  • Determining Responsible Person
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency and Evacuation
  • Emergency Bushfire Management Plan
  • Enrolment and Orientation
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Epilepsy
  • Excursions and Service Events
  • Food Safety Policy
  • Governance and Management of the Service
  • Hygiene
  • Incident, Injury, Trauma and Illness
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Information Technology
  • Interactions with Children
  • Nutrition and Active Play
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Participation of Volunteers and Students
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Road Safety Education and Safe Transport Policy
  • Relaxation and Sleep
  • Social Media
  • Staffing
  • Sun Protection
  • Supervision of Children
  • Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Water Safety

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