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Kindergarten Enrolment Closing Date

  • Closing date for expression of interest (EOI)/applications will be the first Friday in August of the preceding year.
  • Applications received by this closing date will be processed in accordance with the enrolment policy/priority of access.
  • Applications received after the closing date will be considered late enrolments and will be processed in a first in first served basis.

Kindergarten Letters of Offer

  • Letters of offer will be sent out at the end of August with a return date of acceptance, rejection or deferral of this position.
  • Families accepting a position by the due date are assured a place in accordance with their acceptance return date.
  • Failure to return your acceptance and pay the placement deposit by the due date will be taken to mean you have declined the position and will result in the next family on the list being offered this placement.
  • No reminders will be issued.

Four year old Kindergarten

All children must be 4 years of age by the 30th April in the year of attendance.
Children turning six in their year of kindergarten and those wishing to enter school before they reach the eligible age must request an exemption from the Department of Education (DE).

Three year old Kindergarten

All children must be 3 years of age by the 30th April in the year of attendance. 

It is important to note children can only commence the three-year-old kinder program on or after their 3rd birthday.

Long Day Care Placements

When a long day care position becomes available, the next family on our waitlist will be contacted to begin the enrolment and orientation process.

The family is given two weeks to complete all enrolment tasks. Failure to complete these tasks in a timely manner or failure to communicate with the service regarding progress through these steps will result in the position passing to the next family on our waitlist.

Please ensure you communicate any changes to your care requirements with the service so that our waitlist can remain as up to date as possible.

Enrolment Criteria

Good Shepherd will give priority of enrolment to:

  • Children at risk of abuse or neglect, including children in Out-of-Home Care
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Asylum seeker and refugee children
  • Children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
  • Children with additional needs, defined as children who require additional assistance
  • Second year funded children attending their first year of kindergarten at GSECS or if they have relocated to Hamilton from outside the area.
  • Siblings of past pupils.