Supporting local government to adopt, expand and enhance central enrolment for kindergarten services
Central Registration and Enrolment (previously known as Central Enrolment) provides a single point for families to apply for multiple kindergarten services within a local government area, helping them secure a place that meets their needs. It also encourages closer links between Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services, family support services, kindergartens and councils, to improve the early identification and engagement of children who need more support to access kindergarten.
The Central Enrolment Project has been established, in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), to roll out the $5.5 million budget commitment over four years as outlined in the Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, to support councils to adopt, expand and enhance central enrolment across Victoria.
A Central Enrolment Working Group (CEWG), with broad council representation and central enrolment expertise is supporting the implementation of the project, helping to ensure that the project builds on the excellent work done by many councils over a long period of time to develop strong central enrolment processes.
Vision for central registration and enrolment
The overarching vision for centralised registration and enrolment in Victoria is:
- Families and carers experience a smoother pathway to enrol in and attend kindergarten, by encouraging more local government areas and funded kindergarten programs to be part of a CRES.
- Vulnerable and disengaged families are identified early and proactively engaged and enrolled in funded kindergarten programs, by working in collaboration with MCH and other community and support services.
- Kindergarten places are allocated in a transparent, consistent and equitable way, and in line with the Department of Education and Training's Priority of Access criteria.
- Councils, early years services and DET, in partnership, can better respond to the needs of the community, through the collection of accurate, consistent and timely kindergarten data, to monitor and proactively manage capacity and utilisation of services.
Support for councils
Supports for councils to establish, expand or
enhance a Central Enrolment scheme are outlined below.
Central Registration and Enrolment Scheme best practice guides and resources
The Kindergarten Central Registration and Enrolment Scheme (CRES) provides a best practice model for local councils and other organisations to support families and carers enrolling their children in kindergarten. The CRES resources provide a consistent and transparent model which can be easily adopted and tailored to each council's circumstance.
The resources include:
- Development Guide and related templates, to be used to establish, improve or expand a scheme
- Practice Guide and related templates, detailing the steps to deliver a best practice process
- Self-Assessment Tool, a self-reflective tool for CRES providers to identify areas for growth and improvement.
The resources can be accessed at: Kindergarten Central Registration and Enrolment guides and resources page.
Central Registration and Enrolment Grants
To support councils to establish, improve and operate schemes across Victoria, the Department offers one-off and ongoing grants.
Nearly $2 million in development grant funding has been provided to 60 councils across Victoria to support the establishment of new schemes; expanding an existing scheme; or enhancing aspects of a scheme (such as improved identification and enrolment of vulnerable children, or improved technology solutions).
In 2020, the Development Grants are targeted to councils looking to establish a scheme, and to adapt existing schemes to support the introduction of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in 2022.
Applications close on 10th December 2020. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Support Grants
Ongoing funding is available to eligible councils to contribute to the administrative costs of running a central enrolment scheme. In 2019, 46 councils received administrative support funding.
The 2020 Administrative Support Grant data collection and funding process will begin in late 2020. Councils will be contacted directly.
Early Years Management and Partnerships Unit, DET
Municipal Association of Victoria