We currently run a rotational group over four days. The children come for three days a week for five hours.
Each session there is one teacher and two co-educators (diploma certified). The staff to child ratio is 1:11 children.
Currently, the sessions are:
There is one teacher and two co-educators (diploma certified). The teacher to child ratio is 11:1.
Children can attend four-year-old kindergarten the year they turn four if their birthday is before 30 April. Children can come throughout the year if we have vacancies.
Enrolments for 3 and 4-year-olds are managed by Hobsons Bay City Council. You can register through online parent portal called the Central Registration System (CRS), or download an old kindergarten registration form. You can enrol when your child turns two and the year before they are eligible to start kinder, you will be asked to nominate your top three choices for kindergarten. You will be notified by August of your placement. Placements are made based on several criteria – distance to the kinder, siblings.
Currently, there is federal government funding for 4-year old kindergarten which means that the fees you pay are heavily subsidized. Fees are paid directly to ECMS each term.
Each year the committee considers the needs of parents and will adjust the timetable if requested. From time to time the committee has looked at offering two 7.5hour days to allow more flexibility for working parents.
However, we tend to prefer the five hour days. From an educational perspective and our experience over the years, this is enough for children at this age. It is a big year transitioning to a more structured day, taking more responsibility for themselves and their belongings. It’s a crucial stage of development that we want the children to feel safe, secure and confident before moving onto the school.