Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places, enrolment priority will be given in the following order:

3 year old program

  1. Children whose siblings are past or present pupils at Ewing Kindergarten.
  2. Children who have turned three years of age on or before 31 January in their three year old kindergarten year.
  3. Children who are enrolled for four-year-old kindergarten at Ewing.
  4. Date of Application for Enrolment.

4 year old program

  1. Children at risk of abuse or neglect, including children in Out of Home Care.
  2. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children.
  3. Asylum seeker and refugee children.
  4. Children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (Health Care Card Holder).
  5. Children who are assessed as having delays in two or more areas and is declared eligible for a second funded year of kindergarten.
  6. Children who have attended Ewing Kindergarten three-year-old group.
  7. Children whose siblings are past or present pupils at Ewing Kindergarten.
  8. Children who have turned four on or before 30 April of their four-year-old kindergarten year.
  9. Date of application for enrolment


3-year-old program:

Three-year-old kindergarten is self-funded and receives no government subsidy.

To attend three-year-old kindergarten your child must turn three prior 31st January in the year of attendance. Children cannot commence at the kindergarten until they have turned three years of age. For example, if your child turns three on 15 April, then they can commence kindergarten on 15 April, not before. Offers of place will be sent to children already 3 years of age prior to 31st January.

For children born between January and April we recommend you place them into three-year-old kindergarten the year they turn four. They will then get maximum benefit and enjoyment from both three and four-year-old kindergarten and this coincides with a later school entry age.

Session Allocation for Three-Year-Old Kinder

Ewing Kindergarten offers two 3 year old groups:

  • Joeys – Monday and Wednesday
  • Koalas – Tuesday and Thursday

Parents can nominate their preferred group on the enrollment preference form when registering on the wait-list.  Whilst every attempt is made to accommodate each family, first preferences may not be available.

4-year-old program:

Four-year-old kindergarten is partially funded by the State Government and every child is entitled to one year of 4-year-old kindergarten. To be eligible to attend four-year-old kindergarten your child must be four years of age by 30 April in the year of attendance at four-year-old kindergarten.

Note: To receive funding for a second year of four-year-old kindergarten, a child must exhibit at least two areas of developmental difficulties. The kindergarten teacher must lodge a completed ‘Declaration of eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten’ (Form SF06) by the end of Term Three in the year prior to the repeat year. Your kindergarten teacher may consult with the City of Stonnington Preschool Field Officer to discuss your child’s funding application.

Please be aware that children born between January and April that are deemed ‘young’ will not be automatically granted funding for a second year of 4 year old kinder. All children need to be assessed as having at least two areas of developmental delay that are not age related.

Session Allocation for Four-Year-Old Kinder

There are two groups available:
Wombats – Monday and Thursday
Possums – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Parents can nominate their preferred group on the enrolment acceptance form. Every attempt is made to accommodate each family.

No jab, no play

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation, before enrolling a child, early childhood services must first obtain evidence that the child is:

  • fully immunised for their age OR
  • on a vaccination catch-up program OR
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

‘Conscientious objection’ is not an exemption under the ‘No Jab No Play’ legislation.

You will be required to provide this proof of vaccination no earlier than January of the year of commencement to ensure it is current.

For more information, please see the Victorian Government website factsheet here.

Additional needs

Please indicate on the enrolment application form if your child has additional needs. Children with additional needs are those whose development, in one or more of the following areas, needs specialist support – mobility, expressive and/or receptive communication, social behaviour, behavioural control, fine/gross motor skills, vision, hearing, self-care and cognitive skills.

Special Consideration

Separate documentation regarding any other special circumstances that you may feel are relevant to your child’s application should be attached to the enrolment application form, or sent via mail or email after you have sent your application.

(The personal information requested on the application form is being collected by Ewing Kindergarten Inc. for Preschool Services in accordance with the Children’s Services Act 1996 and the Children’s Services Regulations 1998, to process all enrolment applications for Ewing Kindergarten Inc. Ewing Kindergarten will use the personal information for that primary purpose or directly related purposes. Ewing Kindergarten may disclose this information to its Committee of Management.)