Registration and Fees

Online registration coming soon

How can I register for kindergarten?

You can register your child as soon as they’re born.

There’s four ways to do it:Completing the online registration form (coming soon)

Download a registration form here

Collect a form from a BKS Kindergarten

Call BKS (03) 5273 0200 and we can mail or email a form to you.

1. Complete one BKS Kindergarten Registration Form per child for the 3 and or 4 year old kindergarten program. 

2. Completed Kindergarten Registration Forms can be emailed to: enrolments@bethany.org.au or sent marked to the attention of the Team Leader, Kindergarten Services at BKS, PO Box 325, North Geelong,  3215.  Please include:

• Proof of your child’s identity and date of birth. You can use a copy of a birth certificate, extract of birth certificate, passport or legal papers.

• Information about your eligibility for kindergarten fee subsidy; a copy of Health Care Card, Pension Card or Veteran Affairs Card.

• List up to three preferred BKS Kindergartens on the Registration Form (please see the list of BKS Kindergartens)

Do not list a kindergarten unless you are prepared to accept a place there.

3. You will receive written confirmation of your kindergarten registration by email (or by mail if indicated as your preferred option).

What happens when kindergarten places are offered?

Kindergarten places are offered in accordance with the agreed registration dates (click here for 2021) for that year and the priority of access criteria outlined by the Department of Education and Training (DET). 

The first round offers of a kindergarten place will be sent to families in the first week of Term 3.

The offer must be accepted by the date indicated on the offer. If you elect to wait for a place in another kindergarten, you must contact BKS in writing to advise that you are declining the first round offer and indicate the kindergarten you are wanting to be wait listed for.

Failure to respond to an offer of a kindergarten place will result in your child’s kindergarten registration being cancelled and the place being offered to another family.

If there are no available places at your preferred kindergarten/s, your child will remain on a waiting list until a place becomes available.          

Applications submitted after the second last Friday of Term 2 in the year prior to attending kindergarten are considered late applications and are not included in the first round of allocations. All applications are included in subsequent allocation rounds.

How are kindergarten places allocated?

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has outlined criteria aimed at ensuring equity of access to kindergarten places. This information can be found in the DET Funding Guide. All children who turn four before the 30th of April in the year before school are eligible to access a funded kindergarten program. Allocation of places is based on the following Priority of Access Criteria.

Priority Criteria
Priority 1 Criteria:
Victorian Kindergarten Guidelines Criteria

Children at risk of abuse or neglect and children in Out of Home Care

Children exposed to increased vulnerability as evidenced by referral from child protection, early intervention and/or family support agency

Children who have been granted approval to receive funding for a second year of kindergarten in accordance with The Victorian Kindergarten Guide, Part B Guidelines for a second year of kindergarten (page 67)

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children. (Family identifies the child as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander).

Children with additional needs, as defined below:
Who require additional assistance in order to fully participate in the kindergarten program

Who require a combination of services which are individually planned

Who have an identified specific disability or developmental delay

Children holding, or has a parent or guardian who holds one of the following:
A Commonwealth Health Care Card

A Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card

A Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card

A Refugee/Special Humanitarian Visa 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, or 217

Asylum Seeker Bridging Visa A, B, C, D, E or F

Children identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more)
Priority 2 Criteria: 
Children who have prior association with the centre.
Priority 3 Criteria:
Children who live in the City of Greater Geelong

Children whose families are in the process of moving to the City of
Greater Geelong

Children who are cared for in with the City of Greater Geelong

Children whose families work or study in the City of Greater Geelong

When all registrations are equal, places are allocated using a computer generated random process.

How much will kindergarten cost?

Kindergarten Fees – 3 and 4 year old

Registration Fee
A kindergarten registration fee of $35.00 should accompany your Kindergarten Registration Form.  Families who are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are not required to pay the registration fee. This fee is not refundable and contributes to administrative costs. The registration fee can be paid in person by cash or eftpost, by direct debit, cheque, money order or credit card. Cheques/money orders are to be made payable to Bethany Kindergarten Services. Please note that Kindergarten Registration Forms without the fee will not be processed until payment is received. 

Enrolment Acceptance Fee
When you are offered a kindergarten place, you will be asked to secure your child’s place by paying either a $100 Enrolment Acceptance Fee for a Kindergarten (4 year old) place (families who are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are not required to pay the enrolment acceptance fee) or a $125 Enrolment Acceptance Fee for a Kindergarten (3 year old) place. This fee will be deducted from your first term Kindergarten Program fees.

Kindergarten Program Fees
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides funding as a contributiontoward the cost of providing a four year old kindergarten program. BKS meets the balance of costs through charging fees.

Three year old Kindergarten is funded exclusively by parent fees. Fees vary depending on the number of hours offered by the kindergarten your child attends. Sessions are typically 2 to 5 hours and children attend once or twice each week.

Click the link below to download the fees and charges information schedules for Bethany Kindergarten Services Kindergartens for 2020.

Payment of fees 

Fees will be invoiced directly to parents/guardians and must be paid by the due dates indicated on the invoice. Fees are paid in advance of each kindergarten term. First term fees must be received in full prior to the child starting kindergarten. Families with children enrolling after the commencement of a term, will receive a pro rata invoice for that term.  Receipts will be issued when payment is made and regular statements detailing payments received will be provided.

Kindergarten fees are payable directly to BKS, please do not make payments at the kindergarten.

Option 1 Internet Bank Transfer 
Bank: National Australia Bank
Account Name: Bethany Kindergarten Services
BSB: 083 004
Account number: 19114 1980
Please include invoice number and
parent/guardian surname
Option 2 Direct Debit 
Forms available from Bethany Kindergarten
Services, fees@bethany.org.au, or 5273 0200
Option 3 Centrepay 
Forms available from Bethany Kindergarten Services,
fees@bethany.org.au, or 5273 0200
Option 4 By phone
Bethany Kindergarten Services on 5273 0200
Option 5 In person
Eftpos, cash or credit card at Bethany Kindergarten
Services
16 Ballarat Road, Hamlyn Heights
Option 6 Cheque
Payable to Bethany Kindergarten Services,
mailed to PO Box 325, North Geelong, 3215
Please include invoice number and parent/guardian
surname
Option 7 Over the counter
At any National Australia Bank branch
Account Name: Bethany Kindergarten Services
BSB: 083 004
Account number: 19114 1980
Please include invoice number and parent/guardian
surname

If you are experiencing difficulties paying fees, or you would like further information, please contact the Fees & Accounts Receivable Officer on 5273 0200 or fees@bethany.org.au. For further information, please refer to the Fees Policy.

My child is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent.  Do I have to pay for kindergarten?

No. Your child is eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy:

  • If your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

BKS will apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy or extension grant on your behalf. The payment will be made directly to BKS and will allow your child to attend up to 15 hours a week for free or at low-cost.

You can apply for the fee subsidy or extension grant at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten. 

I have triplets attending the same kindergarten in the same year.  Do I have to pay for kindergarten?

No, your children are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

  • If your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).

BKS will apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy or extension grant on your behalf. The payment will be made directly to BKS and will allow your child to attend up to 15 hours a week for free or at low-cost.

You can apply for the fee subsidy or extension grant at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten. 

Our family holds a Health Care Card/Pension Card.  Do I have to pay for kindergarten?

No.  If your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:

  • a Commonwealth Health Care Card
  • a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
  • a 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

Your family is eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.

BKS will apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy or extension grant on your behalf. The payment will be made directly to BKS and will allow your child to attend up to 15 hours a week for free or at low-cost.

You can apply for the fee subsidy or extension grant at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten. 

Our family is in Australia on a Visa. Do I have to pay for kindergarten?

No. If your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:

  • Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)
  • Bridging visas for any of the above Refugee or Asylum Seeker visas,

Your family is eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. 

If your family or child has a humanitarian or refugee visa listed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which is not included in the above list, your child may still be eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy. Please contact BKS for more information.

BKS will apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy or extension grant on your behalf. The payment will be made directly to BKS and will allow your child to attend up to 15 hours a week for free or at low-cost.

You can apply for the fee subsidy or extension grant at any time during the year, even if your child moves to another kindergarten. 

What happens if I get a concession card during the kindergarten year?

If a family becomes eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy during a term, a full refund of the applicable term’s Fees (and the Kindergarten Enrolment Fee, where applicable) will be provided when evidence of this eligibility is provided to BKS.