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(VIC) 4 year old kinder - 2nd year - cost

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babystepz

My DS will be attending 4yo kinder next year (funded) here in Victoria. I was just wondering whether anyone has sent their child to a second year without the funding and what the approximate cost is?

 

Just curious as I know that if is assessed to not be ready to go to school in 2019, a second year of funding is available.

 

DS is an April baby so just would like to keep my options open should funding not be available etc.

 

A lot can happen developmental wise in the next 12 months.

 

Look forward to hearing from you.

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3bubbys

By memory about $2000 a term

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Ollie83

If it's a government funded kinder, approach the kinder teacher asap and get them to fill in an application for 2nd Year funding then it will only be the committee fees you pay. Depending where you are they will differ mine are $190 a term.

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FEdeRAL

I assumed we are talking about sessional kinder here?

 

Depending on where you are in Victoria, getting a place for 2nd year of 4yo kinder without an approved funding can be difficult, even if you are willing to pay the full fee. Your child would be on the lowest priority when assessed against the selection criteria.

 

So I echo PP in saying getting the process started with the teacher is a good idea. It is commonly done.

 

As for the costs - the Victorian government provides 10 hours subsidy and the Fed Gov 5 hours so that makes it a total of 15 hours which are subsidised (note: NOT free). Which is why if the total hours offered per week is 15 hours, there will still be out-of -pocket costs.

 

The 2017 Victorian kindergarten funding rate is $3505 per child per year for the full 15 hours. So if the total sessional hours are 15 hours per week or more, a non-funded child will be paying whatever the funded child is paying per year plus $3505. If the child was previously eligible for HCC holder rate, he/she will not be eligible for the reduced rate as a non-funded child.

 

Obviously there are many kindergartens which do not offer the full 15 hours per week sessions so it may not be $3505 per year.

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JKTMum

It's been awhile since my kids were in kinder (youngest 2 now in secondary) but you used to be able to start them in 4yo kinder and then if you and the teacher felt they weren't going to be ready (significantly behind the other children maturity wise) by the end of either term 1 or term 2 (correct me here if someone knows which), you could withdraw them and have them guaranteed a funded year the following year. Only downside is them not having anything to do for the remainder of the year unless you could get them back into a 3yo kinder or a childcare with 3yo kinder facilities.

 

Unless they had a significant delay in at least 2 areas (social, gross motor etc) then they weren't eligible for a 2nd funded year, so just maturity issues for a young starter were unlikely to receive funding.

 

My DD1 was a March baby. We could see she had maturity issues (impulsive, attention issues etc), so put her first in 3 year old kinder, watched her development and then came to the conclusion that 4 year old would have been too demanding. Our area had a high percentage of children start older rather than younger. Fortunately the 3 year old kinder also ran dedicated groups for older kids (deferred 4s) so she went to that the following year. The groups were offered more challenges so she didn't feel like she was just repeating the same stuff. The year after she went to proper 4yo kinder and then started Prep a bit over a month before she turned 6.

 

She has done ok eversince, despite being diagnosed with Aspergers at almost 10. She's now in year 11 and I still believe it was the best decision we ever made for her, she's now thriving. Some kids do fine starting at a young age, but if there are doubts, it's best to leave them that extra year to develop.

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OliviaVivian

We did it, and it was $13800.

Never looked back, and our son benefitted hugely from it (a late Feb Bub)

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suzyr

April birthday...from experience I wouldn't be sending your child to school until they are just 6 not 4. My daughter's birthday is 1st Jan. We sent her to school when she was just 6 and she hasn't looked back. She has always been a tall girl so people always thinks shs is older than she is. She is now 14 and in Year 8 in Victoria and I can truly say it was the best decision we have ever made. What is the hurry? She is thriving both socially and academically...i really believe that she is coping with things that life brings because she is that bit older and mature. Just saying!!

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suzyr

April birthday...from experience I wouldn't be sending your child to school until they are just 6 not 4. My daughter's birthday is 1st Jan. We sent her to school when she was just 6 and she hasn't looked back. She has always been a tall girl so people always thinks shs is older than she is. She is now 14 and in Year 8 in Victoria and I can truly say it was the best decision we have ever made. What is the hurry? She is thriving both socially and academically...i really believe that she is coping with things that life brings because she is that bit older and mature. Just saying!!

also we made the decision to start school later before kinder so she did 3 year old kinder when she was 4 and four year old kinder when she was 5. Before starting kinder we just did things like playgroup, ed gym etc. There were heaps of things to do before commencing kinder.

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babystepz

We decided to get him second year funding for kindergarten. YAY

 

Assessments were done end of last term and the teacher agreed not socially ready. I know its another 6 months til the end of the year but I am happy to funding and a place in the same kinder has been re-enrolled.

 

Going also through a separation so second year kinder I think will be good for him since he is a very emotional little boy.

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