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
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.
You can register for a three-year-old program from term one if your child will turn three years of age on or before 30 April. Children who turn three years of age on or after 1 May can register for the following year.
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.
Kindergarten applications for four-year-old programs are accepted from 1 March until 31 May. Initial offers are made by 31 July. Applications received after 31 May will be considered after initial offers are processed.
Applications for three-year-old kinder will be accepted from 1 June until 31 July.
Families will be advised of initial offers by the end of October. Applications received after 31 July will be considered after initial offers are processed.
Kindergarten fees for 2020
Council-managed kindergarten fees are listed below.
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)
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.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information.
If you still have further questions, contact the Central Registration Service team on 9243 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org