3 Year Old Kindergarten
Marymede Early Learning Centre will offer a Government funded 3 Year Old Kindergarten Program of 15 hours per week in 2023. Children applying for enrolment into the 3 Year Old Kindergarten Program must turn 3 years of age on or prior to April 30 in the year of commencement, and must turn 3 years of age before they can commence the program. Children can only access one funded kindergarten program at one centre at any one time.
4 Year Old Kindergarten
Marymede Early Learning Centre will offer a Government funded 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program of 15 hours per week in 2023. Children applying for enrolment into the 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program must turn 4 years of age on or prior to April 30 in the year of commencement. Children can only access one funded kindergarten program at one centre at any one time.
Exceeding National Quality Standards
Marymede Early Learning Centre has been rated 'Exceeding National Quality Standards' under the National Quality Framework by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a national benchmark for the quality of children's education and care services across Australia. Services are assessed against the NQS and receive a rating for each of the seven quality areas of the NQS, plus an overall rating. A rating of Exceeding NQS is given to services that go above and beyond the requirements in at least four of the seven quality areas.
No Jab, No Play
From the 1 January 2016 the Victorian State Government requires children attending Early Childhood Services to have up-to-date immunisation. Should parent/s accept an offer for their child to commence at Marymede Early Learning Centre, Commencement is subject to an up-to-date Immunisation Status Certificate being provided. The certificate must be sourced and dated to be within 2 months of the child commencing at Marymede Early Learning Centre. For more information visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jabno-play
To apply for a position at Marymede Early Leaning Centre, parents will need to complete and return the following documentation by email to Kindergarten@marymede.vic.edu.au, or to the Main Office at Marymede Catholic College:
- Marymede Early Learning Centre Enrolment Application Form
- Child's Birth Certificate
- $33 Kindergarten Application Fee (non-refundable)
Our Kindergarten uniform is important for a number of reasons. It is a public declaration of our values, standards and beliefs. It creates a sense of collective and individual pride in our children and their identification with the Centre. It is a symbol of equality among students and demonstrates mutual respect within the Marymede Early Learning Centre community.
Our uniform is compulsory for all children and consists of the following items:
• Marymede Early Learning Centre Polo Shirt
• Marymede Early Learning Centre Fleece Jumper
• Navy Coloured Pants and/or Shorts
• Marymede Early Learning Centre Hat
Uniform items can be purchased from the Bob Stewart Uniform Shop located at Uni Hill, 25/5 Janefield drive, Bundoora 3083.
The shop's trading hours of operation are as follows:
Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm
Free Kinder at Marymede ELC in 2023
The State Government recently announced The Best Start, Best Life reform which is intended to help all Victorian children dream even bigger through increased access to quality early childhood education and care. A critical part of the reform is Free Kinder, which will support access to two years of high-quality kindergarten programs for all Victorian children by making this free.
Free Kinder will be available for both 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten programs at Marymede Early Learning Centre from 2023.
The table below details the Kindergarten fees for 2022. These fees cover all costs of the kindergarten program including any incursions/excursions undertaken throughout the year. It does not cover the supply of uniform, which is purchased directly from the uniform supplier.
Kindergarten Program - Annual Fee
- 3 Year Old Government Funded Kindergarten Program (7.5 hours per week) - $2,093
- 4 Year Old Government Funded Kindergarten Program (15 hours per week) - $2,896
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy allows children to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher at a reduced cost.
Your child is eligible in any of the following circumstances:
- if your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).
OR if your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:
- * Commonwealth Health Care Card
- * Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
- * Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card
- * Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)
- * Bridging visas for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas
* Supporting documentation will need to be provided to Marymede Early Learning Centre.
Early Start Kindergarten
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children up to 15 hours per week in the two years before school, at a reduced cost.
To be eligible, your child must be three by April 30 in the year they’ll start kindergarten, and:
- your child is Aboriginal or Torres strait Islander
- your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST)
Enrolment into Prep at Marymede Catholic College
Enrolment at Marymede Early Learning Centre does not guarantee enrolment at Marymede Catholic College. Enrolment applications at Marymede Catholic College will be accepted based the individual enrolment policy of Marymede Catholic College.