The majority of standalone kindergartens in Maroondah are part of the Maroondah Integrated Kindergarten’s Association (MIKA) central enrolment system, which is supported by Council. Information on the enrolment process is outlined below.
Kindergarten programs that are not part of the MIKA central enrolment system manage their own enrolments and may have different enrolment dates. To enrol in these kindergartens, please contact the kindergarten directly.
Maroondah Integrated Kindergarten Association (MIKA)
The MIKA central enrolment system operates on an annual cycle, with applications taken the year prior to attendance. Applications open on 1 March every year and close on 30 June.
All applications are treated equally on 30 June so there is no pressure to submit an application early.
Families will be offered a place at the start of August and can choose to accept, decline or defer their place.
Applications are accepted all year round, however after 30 June they will be considered a ‘late’ application and you may not get your preferred service or program hours.
For more information watch the MIKA application information video on YouTube.
To apply for a three-year-old or four-year-old place in a MIKA kindergarten, please complete an online application.
If you need any assistance with your application, please call MIKA on 0449 997 488.
Allocation of places
Places in a MIKA member service are allocated by a two-step process.
1. The Priority of Access (POA) criteria is applied.
POA criteria is set by the Department of Education to assist children at risk of disadvantage to access a kindergarten program.
For more information on priority of access for early childhood education visit the Victorian Government website.
2. Proximity criteria is applied.
This is the only local criteria set by MIKA to prioritise those families that live closest to the service.
The number of places available at each service will depend on capacity and demand in the local area.
If places are still available once the allocation criteria have been applied, you may attend a service that is not closest to home.
Allocation of groups
Once all ‘on time’ applications have been accepted it is then up to each kindergarten service to contact families and let them know the group allocation process and key dates. This generally occurs in mid to late August.
For services under an Early Years Management group (EYM) this will be managed centrally rather than by the individual service.
If families are not offered the group they need there may be opportunity to move to another service but this will depend on availability of places at the time.