We provide one 3-year-old program and two 4-year-old programs. There are 22 places in each program. The educator to child ratio of 1:11 is in line with the Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Our teachers use both intentional strategies and emergent curriculum in their plans and programming.  We provide a play based curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

Each child’s learning journey is documented and the sessions are carefully planned to meet the needs of individual children while also catering for the whole group.


Session Times & Fees

Group Days and Times 2020 Fees
3-Year-Old Group
9am to 3pm
$750 per term
Grey Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Mondays and Wednesdays
8.30am to 4pm
$885 per term
Red Kangaroos
4-Year-Old Group
Tuesdays and Thursdays
8.30am to 4pm
$885 per term

Please note that not all service costs are covered by the Department of Education per capita funding. Fees for the year 2020 have been reviewed and approved by our Committee of Management. To support the excellent educational program led by our experienced Teachers and Co-Educators, including our two Exemplary Teachers, and to cultivate a more financially viable service going forward, new fees have been established for 2020.  Please note that fees are inclusive of all excursions and incursions which form part of our teaching program.  

Additional fundraising is still undertaken to pay for extra items for the Pre-school. While participation in fundraising is voluntary, the support of every family is encouraged. Fundraising activities are also an opportunity for families and communities to come together.

Fees are also inclusive of all excursions and incursions which form part of our teaching program.

Please note fees may be subject to change.  Please see our Fee Policy for more information.

Maintenance Levy

We rely on parents to contribute some of their time and energy to help run the kinder or to participate in working bees.

A $250 Maintenance Levy is charged with the Term 1 fee / security deposit. The levy is charged per family (i.e. if you have more than one child attending in a calendar year you will only be charged one levy.) Families qualify for a reimbursement of this levy in Term 4 if they have:

  • attended two working bees for 2 hours at a time
  • looked after the guinea pigs in the holidays
  • watered the plants in the holidays
  • been a committee member
  • other volunteer equitable contribution

There are some tasks (eg. book covering), which can be done after hours at home.

Families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy and Early Start Kindergarten are not required to pay the levy but are to participate in working bees or provide other voluntary services to the kindergarten, if possible.

AGM Levy

Attendance at our November Annual General Meeting (AGM) of parents/guardians is strongly encouraged. A $50 levy is payable with the Term 1 fee / security deposit. The AGM Levy is refunded for families who attended the previous AGM or who have provided a reasonable apology ahead of the meeting.

Government Funding and Concessions

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality kindergarten program in the year before they start school. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the cost of the kindergarten program and is directly provided to the service.

Your child can only be funded for a kindergarten place at one service at any one time and only for one year, unless your child is assessed as being eligible for a second funded year by your child’s kindergarten teacher.  This is a difficult process and only for children who are assessed as having two areas of developmental delay.  See for more information:

In the year your child is enrolled to attend our 4-year-old kindergarten program, West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming funding for your child on your behalf.  If your child will be attending another children’s service that offers a funded kindergarten program, you must tell the other service(s) that West Hawthorn Pre-school will be claiming the government funding for your child.

Early Start Kindergarten

Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten to eligible 3-year-old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher. You can apply to this program by contacting the pre-school or City of Boroondara’s Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) and asking to access Early Start Kindergarten.

Applications for Early Start Kindergarten funding are made by the service on your behalf and the grant is paid directly to the service.  More information can be found here:

Child Care Subsidy

West Hawthorn Pre-school is not an eligible service for the Child Care Subsidy and this does not apply.

More information on Government Funding for kindergarten can be found here: