FREE KINDER 2023
What free kindergarten means at OCK
Through the Best Start, Best Life reform, OCK will be offering free kinder in our 3 and 4 year old programs for 2023. This will save families up to $2,500 for each child enrolled in a participating funded kindergarten program. We offer sessional kinder for 3-year-old children (7.5 hours per week) and for 4-year-old children (15 hours per week). We do not offer additional hours or sessions. There is a small charge for special events.
What is included in “free Kinder”:
Operational & staff costs
Program costs including pet program, Library, Curious George etc
Regular incursions/activities such as Playball or Music
The Refundable Participation Levy
What costs “free kinder” does not cover:
The cost of one-off excursions and special events
Your enrolment acceptance deposit ($100) - This is paid to secure your place at the kindergarten; however, this is refundable if you take up your position at OCK.
Any late collection charges incurred as a result of late collection of your child.
What Are Special Events ?
Special Events are outside of the weekly program and can include incursions (inside kinder) and excursions (outside of kinder). Events are chosen based on the program and children’s interests and are announced during the term.
Special Event Costs
3-Year-old kinder: $75 per year
Green and Red Group (3-year old’s)
3 special events per year, usually term 2, 3 and 4
4-Year-old kinder: $100 per year
Red (4-year old’s) and Blue Group
4 special events per year (1 per term)
Payment for Special Events
Special event are paid for when you commence at OCK. If you are eligible for a concession you do not pay for any special events. As special events are paid for per group, so no refund is given for children who do not attend specific events.
For easier administration, OCK will transfer each family’s enrolment deposit across to pay for their special events and refund any surplus funds back to each family. For example, if you attend 3 year old kinder in the green group, your special events total $75. This means $25 from your enrolment deposit of $100 is due back to you.
There are various fee concessions/subsidy programs available for qualifying families. Due to free kinder in 2023 these concessions do not apply to fees; however, they do apply to the cost of special events. Your child is eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy:
• if your child identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
• if your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).
• 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) or a bridging visa for Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa
Please provide a copy of your supporting documentation (front and back of any cards) to the enrolments officer (firstname.lastname@example.org ). Families are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy for the full term in which their concession is valid.