Preschool services do not form part of the compulsory education system and are not free. Families choose to send their children to preschool and therefore undertake to support the preschool through the payment of fees. Talbingo 3-Year-Old Kindergarten Inc. is a privately operated not-for-profit organisation. Fees cover all running costs including payment of qualified staff, utilities, rent, and insurances.
In November 2020, the Victorian Government announced its Free Kinder in 2021 program. As part of the funding program, unfunded three-year-old sessional kindergartens like Talbingo 3-Year-Old Kindergarten are eligible to receive $1,600 per eligible child to attend the service. We are excited to announce that this funding will result in a direct saving for families of $1,600 per eligible child.
Please note that the following conditions apply to the funding:
Free Kinder forms part of the State Government's economic recovery support for Victorians as we recover from the global coronavirus pandemic. This initiative is for 2021 only.
A $40 non-refundable application fee is required to enrol the child in the kindergarten.
Enrolments are allocated in the order they are received. The Enrolment Officer will contact all successful applicants.
Preferences are allocated in the order that the completed enrolment forms are received. If your preferences are restricted due to work or other commitments, it is advised to be prompt with your reply.
Enrolment fees for 2021 are $420 per term, a total of $1,680 for the year. Our Kindergarten is eligible to receive $1,600 per eligible child as part of the Victorian Government's Free Kinder Funding program. This means that the compulsory fee for a child to attend the kindergarten in 2021 is now $80 for the year, or $20 per term.
Payment for each term is required in advance. Invoices are sent out one month prior to the payment due date. A late payment fee of $30 is added to your invoice if fees are not paid on time.
Enrolment fees are dependent upon the number of enrolments. Term fees will therefore be re-assessed each year and set at the Annual General Meeting which is run in November/December.
The compulsory enrolment fee amount set by the Committee covers basic operational costs of the kindergarten including staff wages, insurance, cleaning, and administrative costs. To provide engaging and exciting activities for our children throughout the year, the Committee has proposed a Voluntary Activity Levy of $30 per term or $120 per year to fund specific programs. The levy will contribute to things like incursions (learning experiences from outside services), special events, special craft supplies, and special visitors' events.
We rely on the contribution of parents to provide an exemplary service for our children. Parents' payment of the Voluntary Activities Levy will have a meaningful impact on the experience of their children.
Talbingo 3-Year-Old Kindergarten Inc.
1A Fleetwood Drive, Narre Warren VIC 3805 Australia
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