What you need to know

Kindergartens

We’ve got your youngest family members covered.

COVID-19 update

Kindergartens are open

Resources to support your children's wellbeing and learning can be found here.

Read about the current changes on the Victoria State Government website here.

Announcement regarding free kindergarten for 2021 can be found 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-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten 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.

If applying through the parent portal or via an application form you will need to attach the following documentation (pdf, word document, clear photos will be accepted)

  • Child’s Birth certificate, Passport
  • If you live in Moonee Valley a lease agreement, water, gas or electricity bill conforming you reside at your current residence issued within the last 3 months.
  • If you do not live in Moonee Valley a current payslip, letter from your workplace, place of study, formal care provider confirming your link to the municipality
  • Supporting documentation for a child’s additional needs
  • Letterform support agency

Get to know our kindergartens!

Due to COVID-19, Kindergarten are unable to accept visitors to the services.

You can view our kindergartens through our range of images, videos and 360 tours. Click HERE to view.

Applying for kindergarten? Here's what you need to know

 

Apply for 2022 kindergarten

Application forms, timetables and the parent portal will not be available for 2022 applications prior to the dates below.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten:

  • Application period:              1 March to 30 May 2021
  • First Round offers made:   by 30 July 2021

Applications and changes received after 30 May will be included in subsequent allocation rounds.

3-Year-Old Kindergarten:

  • Applications period:            1 June to 30 July 2021
  • First Round offers made:   by 30 September 2021

Applications and changes received after 30 June will be included in subsequent allocation rounds. Rounds for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten will continue to be run on a monthly basis after the initial rounds.

A non-refundable application fee is payable with each kindergarten application.

Please be aware that whilst we endeavour to meet the needs of as many families as possible, families cannot be guaranteed a place in the kindergarten/s and or group of your choice.

The majority of our places are allocated in Round 1, the following Rounds will only include places that are available at that time.

If families elect only one or two preferences you may significantly reduce your chance of receiving a kindergarten offer.

Kindergarten fees for 2022

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

The Victorian Government is rolling out funding for 3-year-old kindergarten to make fees lower for parents.  Five hours of funded 3-year-old-kindergarten is set to commence in Moonee Valley in 2022. The hours will then increase to 15 hours a week by 2029.

Find out more about the Victorian Government's plan for 3-year-old kindergarten and the types of kindergarten programs.

Further information regarding 2022 sessional kindergarten fees will be made available once the 2021/2020 Council Budget has been adopted.

Apply for 2021 kindergarten

New applications and changes to applications are still being accepted and processed for Three-year-old and Four-year-old sessional kindergarten
Council has an online portal for applications. This is the quickest and preferred method of registration: centralregistration.mvcc.vic.gov.au

Please note, we have seen an increase in the number of applications received across the municipality, and as a result we have fewer vacancies than previous years. All vacancies will be offered through the monthly allocation process. If there are no vacancies at any of your preferences your child will remain on a waiting list. You will continue to be kept informed of the status of your application, and advised of any vacancies that you may wish to consider as one of the preferences for future rounds.

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.

See also:

Kindergarten fees for 2021

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

4 yr old group 15 $0 $0
3 yr old group 4 $424 $106
3 yr old group 5 $541 $135.25
3 yr old group 10 $2682 $670.50

Families can opt in to pay their 3-year-old fees in a one-off annual payment or spread across 4 payments for the year.

2021 fees payment due dates:

Term 1: Thursday 18 February 2021

Term 2: Thursday 1 April 2021

Term 3: Thursday 17 June 2021

Term 4: Thursday 16 September 2021

* 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)

Integrated kindergarten

The following Council long daycare 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
  • Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children (MILD)
  • Montgomery Park Children’s 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.

Early start kindergarten

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides free kindergarten to eligible three-year-old children. Moonee Valley may be able to offer eligible children a Kindergarten place in a program a four-year-old program. Children are eligible for ESK if they are aged three by 30 April in the year they will be attending a Kindergarten program, and;

  • The child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • The family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST)

To find out more and to watch a video on the benefits of Early Start Kindergarten visit Victoria Government - Types of Kindergarten Programs.