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REGISTRATIONS for children eligible to attend Mornington Peninsula kindergartens next year are open now.

The on-time registration period closes 11.59pm, Sunday 28 June. Late registrations will be accepted from 9am Monday 29 June.

Kindergarten, or preschool, for children aged 3-6 years will be delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Mornington Peninsula Shire uses the Kindergarten Central Registration system, which it says is a “streamlined and transparent application and allocation process that is fair and equitable for all families”.

The shire says kindergarten is an important step for young children with research showing that early education helps set children up for a bright future.

Kindergarten improves children’s health and wellbeing, helps develop strong social skills and encourages a love of learning.

“Kindergarten is an important step for young children with research showing that early education helps set children up for a bright future,” Mornington Peninsula Shire mayor Cr Sam Hearn said.

The state government subsidises fees for some children in the year before they start primary school.

Children are eligible if they identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; are a triplet or quadruplet (or higher), and hold (or have a parent or guardian who holds) an eligible concession card or refugee, humanitarian or asylum seeker visa.

Starting with next year’s registrations, priority will be given to children registering for the kindergarten closest to where they live. This change will not impact allocation of kindergarten places for children identified as high priority by the Department of Education and Training.

Details: mornpen.vic.gov.au/kindergarten

First published in the Western Port News – 4 March 2020

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