​​​​Frequently Asked Questions​

​If your child was born duringYear eligible to attend a funded kindergarten program
​​1.5.2014 – 30.4.2015​2019
​​1.5.2015 – 30.4.2016​2020
​1.5.2016 - 30.4.2017​2021
1.5.2017 - 30.4.2018​2022

​Attending kindergarten is an important step for your child. It will help them learn skills that they will build on throughout life as well as strengthening their enthusiasm for learning. Your child’s teacher will talk to you about your child and your family, and together you will develop a plan that suits your child’s individual needs. 

Our educators use the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework to achieve the best outcomes for all the children.  This Framework identifies five learning outcomes:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children are effective communicators

Please talk to the staff at your local kindergarten if you would like any further information.

​Areas to consider when thinking about sending your child to kindergarten include emotional maturity and social confidence. Speak to a maternal Child Health Nurse, Kindergarten Teacher or Pre-School Field Officer if you are unsure of your child’s readiness.

​Enrolment procedures vary depending on the Kindergarten and the Shire or location of the Kindergarten.

Opening and closing dates also vary, so it is important to read local press and check with your Kindergarten. 

YMCA Ballarat manages enrolments for many of the YEYM kindergartens. See this page for more details and important dates for Ballarat YMCA managed enrolments.

Contact details to obtain enrolment information can also be found on the local Kindergarten web pages. Locate your kindergarten through this list or the "Find My Kindergarten" page.

The No Jab, No Play legislation requires that in order to finalise enrolment for your child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care you must provide the service with an Immunisation History Statement from the AIR which that shows your child is:

What is this document used for?

This is used to finalise enrolment. To accept an offered place at a service, you must provide the service with an Immunisation History Statement.

This would usually be done within two months before your child is due to start at the service.

For more information on Immunisation History Statements, download the brochure:
Immunisation information for parents enrolling a child

Immunisation History Statements can be obtained from:

  • the myGov App - Medicare section of the myGov website
  • Express Plus Medicare mobile App 
  • The Australian Immunisation Register: Phone 1800 653 809 or email acir@medicareaustralia.gov.au
  • Your local Medicare or Centrelink Office.


​​The Medicare logo and Australian Government crest must be present and identifiable to be considered a valid Immunisation History Statement. For example, if the Statement is on the second page of a letter from Medicare, both pages need to be presented to the service to conform enrolment.

Families who do not hold a Medicare card must call the AIR to request an Immunisation History Statement.

A ​translation and interpreting service is available by calling 131 450, Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.45pm.

You may be eligible for the Grace Period Exemption. Certain Criteria must be met to qualify.

​Who is eligble for the grace period?

Children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage are eligible to enrol in a service under a grace period, without having provided proof of up to date immunisation. The grace period provisions allow the family to continue to access early childhood education and care services while receiving information and assistance to get their child's immunisations up to date and to obtain the required immunisation documentation that needs to be provided to the service.

Children eligible to be enrolled under the grace period include:

  • children identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • children who hold a health care card, or whose parents hold a health care card, a pensioner concession card, a Veterans Affairs Gold or White card
  • children who are refugees or asylum seekers
  • children who are known to child protection (that is, children who have been the subject of a report under the Children Youth and Families Act 2005, or who are on a protection order under the Act, or whose families are receiving support from a registered community service, including through a referral to CHILDFIRST or through Services Connect)
  • children who are living in emergency or crisis accommodation, accommodation supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, or is of no fixed address due to family violence or the risks of family violence or due to homelessness
  • children evacuated from their place of residence due to an emergency such as a flood or bushfire
  • children in emergency care within the meaning of section 3(1) of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • children in the care of an adult who are not the child's parent due to exceptional circumstances such as illness or incapacity
  • children from a multiple birth of triplets or more
  • any other circumstance specified in guidelines made by the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services.

More information about the grace period is available here.

​Families have the option of choosing to pay kindergarten fees either by Direct Debit over 9 monthly instalments or paying the full fee upfront and in advance, unless they are eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy for the Funded Program (4-5 year olds). 

If your child is attending a Pre-Kinder Program, full fees are required from all families, as we do not receive any Government funding for these programs. 

If families elect to pay by direct debit, they may cancel this arrangement at a later date, if they decide to pay the fees in full.  For 2019 Enrolments, this means that if the Direct Debit option is chosen, no fees are required until March 2019.  Families can then pay the full amount before the year commences, cancelling out the Direct Debit agreement. 

Families not eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy or free kindergarten, are required to return a completed and signed Fee Agreement Form, which is sent out when a place is offered, in order to secure a place in a kindergarten program.

The Kindergarten Inclusion Support Service offers supplementary assistance to kindergartens to support the inclusion of a child with special needs into the program. Applications are made by the Kindergarten Teacher in consultation with parents, early childhood intervention agencies and Preschool Field Officers. Applications are made in the year prior to the child starting kindergarten and strict criteria exist for an application to be made. Please speak to the Preschool Field Officer for further information on funding availability to children with special needs.


  • The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy supports eligible children to attend 4 Year Old (funded) kindergarten by meeting the cost of 15 hours of kindergarten per week.
  • Kindergarten services claim the fee subsidy from the Department on behalf of the families.
  • The Department pays the kindergarten a subsidy in order to provide eligible families with 15 hours of kindergarten free of charge or at minimal cost.​

The Kindergarten Fee Subsidy is available for children attending a 4 year old (funded) Kindergarten program who meet the criteria. More information 

See the DET (Department of Education and Training) website here for more information.​

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Inverloch and District Preschool

Inverloch and District Pre-School is located in the beautiful coastal town of Inverloch, in the Bass Coast Shire and services families within Inverloch and the surrounding district.
The Kindergarten has a long history of providing quality programs to the children and families. We are managed by the YMCA of Ballarat Kindergarten Cluster and a voluntary committee. The committee is mainly comprised of parents and families of current children who attend the centre, as well as some community representatives, whose focus is on fundraising for the Pre-School.
We offer sessional kindergarten programs for children, catering for the diverse needs of families. Our kindergarten programs for Three-Year-Old children are two and a half hours per week and our Government funded Four-Year-Old programs provide fifteen hours per week. Our educational programs are play-based and focus on children’s strengths, needs and interests. The learning experiences provided for children are set up in beautiful and inviting ways. Equal importance is placed on both the inside and outside learning environments.
We build strong respectful partnerships with children and families and we have close ties with the local community. We have a strong partnership with the Inverloch Primary School which assists in children’s successful transition to school.
Our friendly educators are passionate about providing high quality programs for children and keeping up to date with current Early Childhood theory and practice. They work within relevant Government requirements, such as the Early Years Learning Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standards.
We also acknowledge that we work on the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people, of the Kulin nation.
We welcome you to our kindergarten!

Facilities and Services

  • Two kindergarten rooms, with inviting natural play spaces.
  • Recently landscaped gardens with a lot of shaded areas.
  • A fairy garden, wishing well, cubby house, stages, a circular bike track, sandpit, running riverbed, digging patch with a handpump attached to a water tank.
  • A vegetable garden, with compost bin and raised herb planter boxes, to use in our cooking program.



Link to important dates and more enrolment information

Enquiries: Please contact Y Kindergarten Cluster by email at ykcm.enrolments@ymca.org.au
or on 5329 2810.



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View list of all YKCM Kindergartens

Contact Details

2 Edgar Street
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
Postal Address
PO Box 42
Inverloch, VIC, 3996
(03) 5674 1282

Funded Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)

Koala Group

Session Times

Monday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Echidna Group

Session Times

Tuesday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Kangaroo Group

Session Times

Monday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 2.00pm
Fees: $1,120 (15 hour program)

Pre-Kindergarten (3 Year Olds)

Wombat Group

Session Times

Wednesday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Possum Group

Session Times

Thursday 9.00am - 11.30am
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Emu Group

Session Times

Thursday 12.30pm - 3.00pm
Fees: $630 (2.5 hour program)

Our staff are enthusiastic, committed and passionate about the education and care of children. Our recruitment process ensures that all staff are not only suitably qualified but aspire to the YMCA values of Honesty, Respect, Caring and Responsibility.
We have an Educational Leader supported by a team comprised of Bachelor, Diploma and/or Certificate 3 Qualified Staff. We also have a team of Early Childhood Advisors who actively support the staff in our kindergartens.