Kindergartens

COVID-19 Update

Following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee our kindergartens and childcare services remain open. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and will update parents and carers if closures are necessary.

In the meantime, to minimise risk we’re being even more vigilant with our cleaning regime including:

·       Daily bleach cleaning with a focus on touch points

·       Stopping sensory play including sandpits, playdough and mudpits.

·       Increasing the focus on handwashing.

Parents and carers – please make sure you’ve provided up to date contact details, including mobile phone number and email to your child’s centre.

For more information on changes to Council services click here.
For up to date health information visit the Victorian government Health page here.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten applications for Council and participating community-managed centres are allocated through the Central Registration Service.

This centralised service allows families to indicate their preferences for a number of kindergartens at the one time rather than having to apply for each individual facility.

Applying for kindergarten

Places for three- and four-year-old kinder at Council and participating community-managed centres are allocated through the Central Registration Service. This allows families to register their preferences in one place, rather than apply to individual centres.

To apply for three-year-old or four-year-old sessional kindergarten, visit the Central Registration Service portal. This is the quickest and preferred method of registration.

Children who will turn four years of age on or before 30 April are eligible to register in a State Government-funded kindergarten program from term one. In Victoria, children cannot attend more than one State Government-funded kindergarten program at the same time. Children who turn four years of age on or after 1 May will be eligible to register in a four year old program in the following year.

Children who turn three on or before 30 April are eligible to apply for three year old kindergarten. Children whose birth date is between 1 January and 30 April are eligible to start in a program once they have turned three years of age. If your child is allocated a place but is not yet three years old, fees are still payable for the whole program in order to keep your child’s place at the service. Children who turn three years of age on or after 1 May will be eligible to register in a three year old program in the following year.

Please see a list of Frequently Asked Questions for more information and check out our list of kindergartens.

Apply for 2021 kinder

Timetables and application information will be available during the application period.

Apply for four-year-old programs from Monday, 2 March to Friday, 29 May 2020. Families will be advised of initial offers by the end of July. Please note the date an application is received during this period is not considered in the Priority of Access guidelines.

Apply for three-year-old programs from Monday, 1 June to Friday, 31 July 2020. Families will be advised of initial offers by the end of September. Please note the date an application is received during this period is not considered in the Priority of Access guidelines.

Applications can still be made after these dates and will be considered in offers after the initial round.

To apply for three-year-old or four-year-old sessional kindergarten, visit the Central Registration Service portal. This is the quickest and preferred method of registration. If applying through the portal you will be required to upload electronic documents and pay the non-refundable $41.50 application fee (if applicable).

If completing an application form (below) you can pay the non-refundable application fee online or in person at Council offices.

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Kindergarten Open Nights

UPDATE: in response to COVID-19 the following kindergarten Open Nights have been cancelled. Due to the rapidly changing situation, the Open Nights will not be rescheduled for the time being. We'll continue to update this webpage with information, and applications remain open.

To help you make an informed decision about which kindergarten you wish to apply for in 2021, come to one of our open nights and learn more about the learning environments.

If you are unable to attend during one of these sessions, please contact the kindergartens directly.

Tuesday, 17 March, 5.30pm-7pm

Avondale Heights Kindergarten Community Precinct – Early Years Centre 14-22 Clarendon Street, Avondale Heights

Hopetoun Early Years Centre^ 220 Racecourse Road, Flemington

Keilor East Kindergarten 31 Mark Street, Keilor East

Lincolnville Kindergarten 6 Devon Avenue, Keilor East

Milleara Gardens Kindergarten Park Drive (opposite 75 Park Drive), Keilor East

North Essendon 51-53 Kerferd Street, Essendon North

Rhonda Davis Kindergarten 54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights

St Brendan’s Kindergarten 25 Bryant Street, Flemington

Wednesday, 18 March, 5.30pm-7pm

Airport West Kindergarten 97 McNamara Avenue, Airport West

Ascot Kindergarten 1 West Street (corner Middle Street), Ascot Vale

Ascot Progress Kindergarten 11 Brown Avenue, Ascot Vale

Beaver Street Kindergarten 13A Beaver Street, Aberfeldie

Cooper Street 3yo Program** 101 Cooper Street, Essendon

Coronation Kindergarten 34 Roseberry Street, Ascot Vale

Montgomery Park Kindergarten 2A Hilda Street, Essendon

Montgomery Park Children’s Centre^ 47 Lawson Street, Essendon

Strathmore Community Kindergarten 50 Loeman Street, Strathmore

Strathmore Children’s Centre^ 28 Loeman Street, Strathmore

Strathmore Heights Kindergarten 148 Mascoma Street, Strathmore Heights

St Andrew’s Kindergarten 29 St Kinnord Street, Aberfeldie

St Aidan’s Kindergarten 5 James Street, Strathmore

^ Only offer sessional four-year-old program
** Only offers sessional three-year-old program

Apply for 2020 Kinder

To apply for three-year-old or four-year-old sessional kindergarten, visit the Central Registration Service portal. This is the quickest and preferred method of registration. If applying through the portal you will be required to upload electronic documents and pay the non-refundable $40 application fee (if applicable)

There are still limited places available for three and four year old sessional kindergarten.

If you still have further questions, contact the Central Registration Service team on 9243 8888 or email kinderenrol@mvcc.vic.gov.au

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Kindergarten fees for 2020

Parents seeking fee information for Committee based and BPA Children’s Services are encouraged to contact the respective services directly.

Council-managed kindergarten fees are listed below.

Four-hour program $429 $1,714
Five-hour program $535 $2,141
10-hour program $1,071 $4,282
15-hour program $516 $2,064

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS) – This subsidy is outlined by the Department of Education and Training Victoria. This applies to a four-year-old kindergarten program where there is valid proof of a concession or eligible visa.

A multiple birth discount applies for Council-managed kindergartens of $10 per child per term.

Fee Payment Due Dates:
Term 1 Fees: Four-year-old Thursday, 28 November 2019, three-year-old Thursday, 5 December 2019^
Term 2 Fees: Thursday, 19 March 2020
Term 3 Fees: Thursday, 18 June 2020
Term 4 Fees: Thursday, 10 September 2020

^ enrolments accepted after this date will be direct debited on Thursday, 13 February 2020.

* Debit Success also applies the following transaction fees:

  • one-off admin fee ($2.20)
  • per transaction fee: credit card (1.87%), direct debit ($0.88), Amex (4.4%)
  • dishonour payment ($14.80)

Please note: three-year-old kindergarten is currently a user pays system. There is currently no concession on three-year-old kindergarten fees. The State Government is introducing a rollout for funded three-year-old kindergarten.  Moonee Valley is in the rollout for children attending three-year-old kindergarten in 2022. Please see the Department of Education for further information.

Integrated kindergarten

The following Council long day care services offer an integrated kindergarten program. Integrated programs give families access to high quality kindergarten and long day care all under one roof.

  • Flemington Street Children’s Centre
  • Strathmore Children’s Centre
  • Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children (MILD)
  • Hopetoun Early Years Centre

Integrated programs are taught by university qualified preschool teachers and are delivered from Monday to Friday for 7.5 hours a day during school terms. During school holidays the program continues to be delivered by diploma-qualified educators.