Enrolment and Fees

Ready to enrol?

Download the Macedon Ranges Montessori Registration form and email it to committeeMRMP@outlook.com or post it to the preschool.

After receiving the registration form, you will be contacted by preschool staff. You will be informed if your child will be placed on a waiting list or a suitable time for an appointment with the preschool Director will be arranged.

Selection criteria

If there is a waiting list for any of the programs the following selection criteria will apply in order of priority:

  • Children with siblings who are currently attending a program at the centre.

  • Children currently attending a program at the preschool.

  • Children who have had a sibling complete a program at the centre.

  • Date of receipt of application.

Conditions of acceptance

Upon offer of an interview, the enrolment fee must be paid. Parents must attend an interview arranged by the preschool Director before a position will be offered. Following the interview a position will be offered, if available, and start date arranged. The bond and relevant term fees are to be paid prior to child commencing sessions at the preschool.

Detailed information on enrolment, selection criteria and enrolment related fees can be found by clicking on the links found at the bottom of the page. This centre complies with the no jab no play legislation. for information on the no jab no play legislation please see the better health web site.  https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/no-jab-no-play

2021 tuition fees

We believe that we provide high quality education and care for your children and future children of the centre. We are very proud of the fact we have amazing teaching staff who provide quality education to our children. Our two full-time VIT Registered teachers have Early Childhood Bachelor degrees and work together with your children for the majority of their attendance hours. The multi-aged grouping of the Montessori program is an integral part of the educational philosophy and is in essence, a 2-3 year program. It also provides opportunity for 3 year old children to attend more hours per week than offered at alternative services. As a not-for-profit organisation, without government support providing this part of the program is costly.

Year Before School (YBS) Funded Kindergarten

Children who are at the pre-school in the year before commencing primary school are eligible for funding through The Department of Education and Training (DET) This funding is paid directly to the pre-school. As a result a discounted fee is applied to these students. Children that meet these criteria, as set out by DET, are referred to as ‘Funded 4 Year Olds’ throughout this page for the purpose of classifying the fee structure. It is noted that some children may be older and still meet this criteria.

Families are eligible for the Funded 4 Year Old rate ONLY in the year that the preschool receives this funding and ONLY for ONE year. In accordance with the Federal Government Universal Access requirements all ‘Funded 4 Year Olds’ will be provided with at least 15 hours attendance per week. Further information on this government policy can be found on the Federal government’s website (Early Learning Department).

x2 Full Days: 9.00am - 3.00pm

x1 Morning session: 9.00am - 12.30pm

Included in the fees are specialist classes & all associated materials, incursions and excursions, maintenance and cleaning expenses.
No additional costs are requested throughout the year.
3 year old Pre-kinder and Unfunded students

Children who do not meet the aforementioned criteria or who are not yet in their year before school are referred to as ‘3 year old & other unfunded students’ for the purpose of classifying fee structure.

x3 Morning sessions: 9.00am - 12.30pm

Included in the fees are specialist classes & all associated materials, incursions and excursions, maintenance and cleaning expenses.
No additional costs are requested throughout the year.
Other Fees

Acceptance Fee

A $200 Acceptance Fee is required to be paid within 14 days of a 3 or 4 pre-school placements being accepted. The Acceptance Fee is non refundable on completion of the 4 year old program.

Payment of Fees

There are two options for payment of fees:

Option 1: Payment for the full year by the beginning of Term 1 will receive a discount of %5.

Option 2: By term.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

The DET provides a Kindergarten fee subsidy to a parent/guardian or child who holds a current Health Care Card / Pensioner Concession Card / Visa 786 / Visa 785 and families with triplets / quadruplets attending a funded kindergarten program in the same year. The subsidy is paid to the kindergarten to directly reduce fees paid by families. To obtain this the supporting documentation (Health Care Card /Pensioner Concession Card/Visa 786/ Visa 785) must be sighted prior and copy given at the start of each term to administration or the director. A certified birth certificates triplets/quadruplets need to be provided to the Service as well

Early Start Kindergarten

If your child is of Aboriginal heritage or if your child/family have been linked with Child First or child protection you may be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten.  ESK provides funding for 15 hours per week for 3 year old children and our centre provides the opportunity for this to occur in a multi aged (3-5yr old) setting. Please contact the Centre Director to discuss if you are eligible.

Casual Use Afternoons and Additional Days (vacancies permitting)

There may be times when you need an additional afternoon or an extra day in the week for your child to attend.  This can be particularly helpful when you have an appointment etc.  This can also be valuable when trialling longer days if you are unsure if your child is ready for the challenge of the added time. Casual afternoons or days are available at times with vacancies. Please email director@macedonrangesmontessori.com.au to book additional time. The Director will confirm if this time is available.

Cost: Afternoon $25 or Full Day $60

**Fees are subject to alteration from time to time as decided by the Committee of Management and are to be paid in accordance with the current Fee Payment Policy. The Committee of Management reserves the right to terminate the enrolment of a student if term fees are not paid in advance. All fees are CPI adjusted on 1st Jan of the New Year.

Important Documents

2022 Handbook

Fee Policy

Enrolment Policy (currently under review)