Enrolments 

Minimum Enrolment Requirement

2 Day Enrolment Requirement (For a Child Care Place)

Merri Community Child Care Centre & Kindergarten Inc. recognises the critical importance of children developing strong attachment to Educators, in particular in the early years, to ensure the well-being of children in care. Our Centre has a two-day minimum enrolment requirement with all new enrolments commencing with the Explorers room. From time to time, a single day of care may come available. When this occurs the next eligible child on the Council Registration System will be offered this day. Subsequently, should an additional day be available, that child will be obliged to accept the additional day of enrolment, to ensure they meet the 2-day minimum requirement as per our Enrolment Policy.

3 Day Enrolment Requirement (For a Funded Kindergarten Place) (Universal Access)

All children accessing the funded 4-year-old Kindergarten program at Merri will be required to attend Merri for 3 days (that is, 15 hours per week) of funded kindergarten. Continuous long day care and education is provided to children in the 4-year-old Funded Kindergarten room before 8.30am and after 1.45pm during school terms and from 7.30am to 6pm over term break (school holidays).

Merri Community Child Care Centre & Kindergarten Inc. participates in the City of Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration System and is required to comply with Council’s enrolment procedures as per the 4-year-old Funded Kindergarten and Inventors Room Guidelines and Priority of Access Policy.

Re-Enrolment Process for Internal Families – (families currently enrolled at the centre)

Towards the end of every year all families will be required to re-enrol their child.  Priority is given to current families and siblings of children already attending the centre. In most cases we are able to guarantee any current bookings held prior to re-enrolment but any changes or additional days requested would depend on vacancies.   All places will be confirmed in writing.  If you would like to change or add to your days of care please complete and submit an internal waiting list form.

As Merri operates a funded Kindergarten program in a dedicated Kindergarten room it has been necessary to introduce a separate Priority of Access Policy for 4 year olds at Merri. While Merri families have the option of choosing sessional Kindergarten elsewhere, those families that utilise the Merri Kindergarten program have a higher priority of access to childcare vacancies in the Inventors 3-4-year-old room if there are no more spaces in the Kindergarten room. Families who decide to enrol their children in sessional Kindergarten elsewhere and are still seeking childcare are advised to investigate alternative care to avoid potential disappointment. Provision of a high quality Kindergarten program employing an Early Childhood Teacher has been a long term goal of the Centre and without this separate Priority of Access the viability of the program would be severely undermined. Please speak to the Director or Committee of Management President if you have any further questions.

Internal Waiting List

Merri maintains its own internal waiting list exclusively for families currently enrolled and attending the centre. Families requiring additional days of care or wanting to change their days must complete a waiting list form.  Priority of places is always given to the family that has been requesting the spot the longest. The Internal Waiting List Form

All lodged Merri internal forms for new siblings must also be registered with the City of Darebin Child Care Registration System.

Darebin City Council Child Care Registration System Information

The City of Darebin administers the Kindergarten and Childcare Registration System for community managed childcare centres to ensure efficient placement of children into child care. Families can register from the birth of their child onwards and names are placed on the Registration System in the order of receipt of application. To register or for further Information please contact the Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team via phone on 8470 8825 or email Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

Privacy

The collection and handling of personal information is in accordance with Council’s Privacy Policy which is displayed on Council’s website and available for inspection at, or collection from Council’s customer service centres. Information contained in this form is strictly confidential and will only be used in the Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Process. By completing this registration you are giving consent for details to be shared with the community not-for-profit child care centres when required, for the allocation of placements. If you do not provide Council with consent to pass your details onto the community not for profit child care centres please advise in writing.

How to Register

A new online portal is available https://darebincentralenrolments.councilonline.com.au/Public/Login.aspx  which will allow families to:-

  • view their child’s current registration details
  • add or withdraw registrations
  • upload supporting documentation
  • update details as required, including nominated service preferences,
  • respond to offers and
  • make online enquiries

Registrations are accepted via

Online Portal:  https://darebincentralenrolments.councilonline.com.au/Public/Login.aspx

Hard copy forms are also available from:

  • Darebin City Council website
  • Customer Service Centres
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres
  • Child Care Centres and Kindergartens

Please go to http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/  to obtain the most current version of the form as previous or outdated forms will not be accepted.  Please note that one form needs to be completed for each child.

How to Lodge your Registration

By Mail:                 Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072

By Email:               Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

In Person:             At any customer service centre below

  • Preston Customer Service Centre 274 Gower Street, Preston 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Northcote Customer Service Centre 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Northland Customer Service Centre 50 Murray Road, Northland Shopping Centre 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday 9am – 12pm Saturday
  • Reservoir Civic Centre 17-21 Ralph St, Reservoir 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday (Please note this service will move to the Reservoir Community & Learning Centre, Edwards Street, Reservoir)

If returning in person, please sign and date your registration form at the customer service desk. This registration should be read in conjunction with the Child Care Information Sheet.

Registration Fee

A fee applies to all registrations.  This fee is still payable for children who are enrolled or who have siblings already attending the nominated Kindergarten. A concession rebate is applicable, please refer to the registration form for more details

Confirmation of Registration

After the registration is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  A registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.   It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the Darebin Child Care Registration Team if they have not received this confirmation letter.

For further information about this process and or to check or change your lodged registration form details please contact the Kindergarten and Childcare Registration Team on 03 8470 8825 or email them on  Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

Annual updates, alterations and changes to your registration

Each year the Child Care Registration System will send an email and hard copy reminder to families to update their registration information. The timing of this reminder will be made according to the month of registration.

If information is not confirmed or updated in writing within four weeks, the child will be removed from the Register.  Changes to your registration will only be accepted in writing via the addresses below:

Online Portal:      https://darebincentralenrolments.councilonline.com.au/Public/Login.aspx

By Mail:                Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072

Email:                    Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

Siblings

Siblings of children already attending the centre will be given priority in the allocation process. To ensure Priority of Access Guidelines are adhered to, siblings must be allocated through the Darebin Kindergarten and Childcare Registration System.

Priority of Access

In accordance with the Commonwealth Priority of Access Guidelines, places will be allocated according to the following criteria:

  • Priority 1 – Child at risk of serious abuse or neglect.
  • Priority 2 – Child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy the work/training/study test under section 14 of the Family Assistance Act.
  • Priority 3 – Any other child.

In each of these categories Darebin residents receive priority. This does not preclude non Darebin residents from applying.

Kindergarten Registration System 

The City of Darebin operates a Kindergarten Registration System on behalf of Merri CCC&K Inc. and other community managed Kindergartens located within the City of Darebin. A list of the participating services can be found in the registration form.  Registrations for our (4 YO) Kindergarten program open 1 February to 30 April in the year prior to attendance.

Online and Paper Registrations are accepted

Online Portalhttps://darebincentralenrolments.councilonline.com.au/Public/Login.aspx

You will need to create an account if you haven’t already done so and follow the prompts to submit your registration.

Paper Registration

Please go to http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/  to obtain the most current version of the form as previous or outdated forms will not be accepted.  Please note that you must complete one form for each child for:

By Mail:                 Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072

By Email:               Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

In Person              At any customer service centre below:

  • Preston Customer Service Centre 274 Gower Street, Preston 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Northcote Customer Service Centre 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Northland Customer Service Centre 50 Murray Road, Northland Shopping Centre 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday 9am – 12pm Saturday
  • Reservoir Civic Centre 17-21 Ralph St, Reservoir 10.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday (Please note this service will move to the Reservoir Community & Learning Centre, Edwards Street, Reservoir)

If returning forms in person, please sign and date your registration form at the customer service desk. This registration should be read in conjunction with the Kindergarten Information Sheet.

Please go to http://www.darebin.vic.gov.au/  to obtain the most current version of the form as previous or outdated forms will not be accepted.  Please note that one form must be completed for each child.

Registration Fee

A registration fee applies to all registrations.  This fee is still payable for children who are enrolled or who have siblings already attending the nominated Kindergarten.  If a concession rebate is applicable, please refer to the registration form for more details.

I have registered – what now?

For further information, please see

Information and Registration Forms are also available from:

• Darebin Customer Service Centres

• Darebin Maternal and Child Health Centres

• Local Darebin Kindergarten and Childcare Centres

Kindergarten Enrolment Process for Current Merri Families

Families enrolled at Merri CCC&K Inc. will receive information about the Kindergarten Enrolment Process via internal communication methods.  However all families are still required to register with Darebin City Council via the methods listed above.

Eligibility: A child must be four years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the Kindergarten Program. Proof of date of birth must be provided.

Please note that Merri CCC&K Inc. only offers a 4-Year Old Kindergarten Program.

Priority of AccessVulnerable Children and Families

In accordance with State Government policy priority of access is given to children;

  • with additional needs
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
  • known to Child Protection and those eligible for fee subsidy

Confirmation of Registration

After the registration is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.  A registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email.   It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to contact the Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team if they have not received this confirmation letter.  Names on the registration system will be placed in the order of receipt of registration.

For further information about this process and or to check or change your lodged registration form details please contact Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Teams on 03 8470 8825 or email them on  Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Alterations and Changes to your Registration

Changes to your registration will only be accepted in writing via the addresses below:

Online Portal       https://darebincentralenrolments.councilonline.com.au/Public/Login.aspx

Mail:                      Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team, PO Box 91, Preston VIC 3072

Email:                    Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

Allocation Timelines

  • July – Kindergartens notify Darebin City Council of the number of available places for the coming year.
  •  First round allocations will begin in late July for first preference only. Families are required to accept or decline the offer within a specified time frame. Families unsuccessful in obtaining a place in this round will be notified in writing.
  •  Second round allocations will begin approximately four weeks after first round. Families are required to accept or decline the offer within a specified time frame.

Families unsuccessful in obtaining a place in the second round will be notified and where possible offered any remaining places.

The City of Darebin collects information for the purpose of registering your child for the Kindergarten Registration System. The information will be used for administration purposes and to inform the Kindergarten of your contact details. No information will be disclosed to any other party except as required by law.