frequently asked questions about J.S Grey Kindergarten

We have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Kindergarten. Please feel free to contact us if you still have questions about reading these, and the other content on our website.


How Kindergarten Will Benefit My Child

Kindergarten programs are designed to improve your child’s development in the following key areas:

  • social skills, like how to play with other children in a calm, sharing and rewarding way
  • self-awareness and respect for others
  • emotional skills, for example understanding their feelings
  • language, literacy and numeracy skills, such as reading stories and counting objects
  • a joy for learning and group activities, such as talking, drawing and making things together with other children their own age
  • ability to make new friends
  • exposure to new ideas and concepts.

Why do I have to pay for my child to attend Kindergarten?
The Department of Education and Training (DET) provides per capita funding as a contribution towards the cost of providing a 4-year-old kindergarten program. The kindergarten is responsible for all costs. Fees and fundraising are necessary because there is a shortfall between the level of government funding and the cost of operating a viable kindergarten.

Can my child have a second year of funded kindergarten?
The Department of Education and Training provides funding to support children to attend kindergarten in the year before they start school. Access to a second year of funded kindergarten is not common, but may be possible for some eligible children who have two or more areas of developmental delay.

My child is not immunised, can they still attend your program?
The Victorian Government has introduced ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation into Parliament. This commenced on 1st January, 2016. All children are required to be fully vaccinated in order to be enrolled in childcare and/or kindergarten in Victoria.

Are there any restrictions on the food my child can bring to kinder?
We promote a healthy eating program for all children and staff members. Children should bring nutritious foods and we ask that families minimise the inclusion of processed foods and packaging. Our food policy assists children who have food allergies including anaphylactic reactions to certain foods. No nuts and nut products are permitted. PLEASE DO NOT SEND nuts, Nutella or peanut butter.

What happens if I forget to put sunscreen on my child?
We are a Sun Smart Centre. Sunhats are mandatory for outside play in Terms 1 and 4. Sunscreen is available at kinder should you forget to apply sunscreen at home prior to the kinder session.