FEES & CHARGES
Funding For Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (2022)
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides funding for each child enrolled and attending kindergarten in the year before school as a contribution toward the costs of providing the program. The commitment to fund kindergarten programs means fees are kept as low as possible, however, as the cost of running the program is higher than the funding provided, there is a charge each term.
Funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten (2022)
From 2022, the Victorian government is rolling out funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, called Best Start In Life. This funding is for 5 hours of 3-year-old kinder per week. The OCK 3-year-old program will continue to run for 5 hours per week on a Friday. The commitment to fund kindergarten programs will mean fees are kept as low as possible, however, as the cost of running the program is higher than the funding provided, there is a charge each term.
The Three-Year- Old kindergarten funding amount has not been confirmed and is subject to change as more information is provided by the Victorian Government in relation to the funding for 2022.
$100 - Enrolment Acceptance (Kindergarten Fee Deposit):
This fee is to secure a place at the kindergarten. It is non-refundable and payable by all families.
You pay this fee via the website when you accept an offer of a kinder place.
$100 - Refundable Participation Levy:
Participation of parents/guardians is encouraged by the service and can help to keep costs more affordable. However, not all families are able to assist at the service.
The refundable participation levy is payable by all families
It is refunded on the term 4 invoice after participation in a working bee or other specified activity.
The levy is not intended to be a barrier to participation and families experiencing difficulties should discuss this with directly with the Treasure or President.
$25 - Registration Charge (3 Year old Kinder only):
This is the fee to Register your interest in 3YO kinder. It is non-refundable and payable by all families.
You pay this via the website when you register your interest in kinder at OCK
For a full list of all Fees and Charges please refer to the 2022 Fees Schedule
There are various fee subsidy programs available for qualifying families. If you believe you qualify for any of the Department of Education Fee subsidy programs including early start kindergarten and kindergarten fee subsidy (see below), please contact the enrolments officer on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (4 year old Kinder only):
Families who are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are provided 15 hours per week of kindergarten free of charge. They will not be required to make any fee payments but still pay the Registration Charge, upon registering their interest at OCK and the Enrolment Acceptance (Kindergarten Fee Deposit), when accepting their place
Families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy are required to pay the participation levy.
Please provide a copy of your supporting documentation (front and back of any cards) to the enrolments officer (email@example.com ). If the eligibility requirement ceases during the kinder year, the subsidy will also cease. Eligibility conditions change from time to time so please always check with us. The subsidy amount is subject to change as more information is made available to centre on the funding for 2022.
To be eligible for a concession at OCK, the parent or child must fit into one of the below categories:
• Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
• Holds, or has a parent/guardian who holds a Humanitarian or refugee visa
• Triplets or more in the same year of kindergarten
• the child or parent/guardian holds a Commonwealth Health Care Card, a Pensioner Concession Card or a Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card
Children Turning Three During the Year
Kindergarten places are offered for the entire year, so full payment prior to the commencement of term one is required if a place is to be reserved for a child in the three year old kindergarten program. Children can only commence the program when they have turned three.
Fee Information 2021
3 Year Old Kindergarten:
Green group ( 5 hours per week) - full fees: $485 per term3YO Fees Schedule details fees with the 2021 Victorian Government Fee Initiative applied
4 Year Old Kindergarten:
Blue and Red group (15 hours per week) - full fees: $550 per term4YO Fees Schedule details fees with the 2021 Victorian Government Fee Initiative applied
2021 Victoria Government Kinder Fee Initiative
As part of the Covid-19 economic recovery support package, the Victorian Government are offering 4-year-old kinder free but at a capped amount. They are also offering a subsidy for 3 year old kinder. As part of the fee schedule for 2021 OCK are requesting that parents pay the difference in term fees between the Government Kinder Fee Initiative and the true cost of kinder.
These fees are crucial to the ongoing running of the kinder and additional program requirements. However, we understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many. This fee initiative only applies to 2021, so please expect fees to be different in 2022.
The $100 Participation Levy applies (which will be refunded to you after your participation in a working-bee or fundraising event) as do the registration and acceptance of your kinder offer charges.