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.


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

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 Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, we encourage families to plan and consider the age they would like their child to start at primary school.

Kindergarten Starting Ages:

If your child was born: Your child is eilgible to attend Three-Year-Old Kinder in:
1 May 2017 – 31 December 2017 2021
between 1 Jan 2018 – 30 April 2018 2021 or 2022
1 May 2018 – 31 December 2018 2022
1 Jan 2019 – 30 April 2019 2022 or 2023
1 May 2019 – 31 December 2019 2023
1 January 2020 – 30 April 2020 2023 or 2024
1 May 2020 – 31 December 2020 2024


Fees for our Three and Four-Year-Old Programs are due before the start of each term. NB. Term 1 fees are paid at the AGM in the previous year.

Four-Year-Old Preschool is subsidised by a government grant per child, Three Year Old Preschool is funded for 5 hours in 2022.

Holders of a Health Care Card or Pension Card are eligible for an additional Government Subsidy. If you have one of these cards, please let the staff or Administration Officer know so that your fees can be altered accordingly.

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 and payment of fees, 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
  • Fees
  • 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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