Kindergarten registration and fees

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Registration

There are limited places available at our kindergartens. For the best chance of being offered a place, register your child by 30 June the year before they start kindergarten. Late registrations will be accepted, but those received by 30 June are given priority in the allocation of places.

You can nominate up to three kindergartens that you would prefer your child to attend, if a place is available. It is important to nominate more than one centre to maximise your chance of your child being offered a place. If you are not sure if your child is ready, you can register them and then defer your place at no cost, if you decide to wait another year.

View kindergarten session times(PDF, 458KB) 

How to register

Before you begin, make sure you have copies of the following documentation:

  • a medicare immunisation record or
  • a copy of your child’s birth certificate or
  • a copy of another official document such as a passport or other proof-of-age document (can be a clear photo of the document) ready to attach to the registration.

You will also need to have a valid credit or debit card to pay the registration fee and finalise the application. Register for four and three year old kindergarten below.

Register for 4 year old kindergarten

Register for 3 year old kindergarten

Other registration options

If you are unable to pay via credit or debit card, call our Early Years Enrolment Office on (03) 5422 0239 to request a paper copy of the form, or alternatively you can pay by cash by visiting one of our customer service centres. Bring all your supporting documentation with you on the day.

After you apply

This form is to register your child to Council's central enrolment system for kindergarten. It does not guarantee your child’s place. Once registered you will receive further information in September the year prior to your child starting and confirmation of your registration, via email. 

Eligibility

All of our kindergartens offer government-funded four year old kindergarten programs and three year old activity groups.

Four year old kindergarten

Children who will turn four years of age on or before 30 April are eligible to enrol in a government-funded kindergarten program. Children who turn four years of age on or after 1 May will be eligible to enrol the following year.

In Victoria, children cannot attend more than one government-funded kindergarten program at the same time.  

Year born Eligible
1 May 2015–30 April 2016 2020
1 May 2016–30 April 2017 2121
1 May 2017–30 April 2018 2022
1 May 2018–30 April 2019 2023

Three year old programs

Children who will turn three years of age on or before 30 April are eligible to enrol in a three year old program, however children cannot start an activity group until they have turned three.

Year born Eligible
1 May 2016–30 April 2017 2020
1 May 2017–30 April 2018 2021
1 May 2018–30 April 2019 2022
1 May 2019–30 April 2020 2023

Fees

Registration fee

The $31 registration fee is non-refundable. Eligible health care card holders for four year old kindergarten are exempt from the registration fee. Ensure you have an electronic copy ready to attach when completing the online registration form.

Kindergarten fees

Kindergarten fees are necessary to meet the gap between the funding provided by the Victorian Government and the operating cost of the kindergarten.

The annual fee for four year old kindergarten is divided into three instalments and fees are charged at the commencement of Terms 1, 2 and 3. Due dates will be included on Council fee invoice. Three year old kindergarten fees are charged at the commencement of each of the four terms and due dates will be included on Council fee invoice. Please note: there has been a change to the payment schedule from previous years.

2020 Four year old (15 hours per week)   Per child  Twins 
 1st instalment payment  $500  $750 
 2nd instalment payment   $500  $750
 3rd instalment payment (subject to change with 2020/2021 budget)  $500  $750

Four year old kindergarten is a government-funded program and is free for families with a current health care card.

Three year old activity group fees

Our activity group runs for 2.5 hours per week.

Instalments will be invoiced in Terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 via invoice. Term fees are $240 per term. 

Policies and legislation 

No Jab, No Play

To enrol in kindergarten (both 3 and 4 year old programs) all children must be fully immunised for their age. In September in the year prior to your child starting kindergarten, you will be required to provide a copy of an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register. Only a copy from the statement from the AIR is accepted.

It must show that the child:

  • is up-to-date with vaccinations for their age, or
  • is on a recognised vaccine catch-up schedule, or
  • has a medical condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated.

Documents produced by GPs or other immunisation providers are no longer acceptable as proof of immunisation.

An Immunisation History Statement can be requested from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) by calling 1800 653 809, emailing acir@medicareaustralia.gov.au or by visiting a Medicare or Centrelink office.

For more information, call the Department of Health, Immunisation Team/Nurse on 1300 882 008.

Enrolment policy

Our central enrolment system allocates places according to Council’s Enrolment Policy. If your first choice kindergarten is full, your second and third choices will be explored and every attempt will be made to place your child at one of these centres. First round offers are mailed to families during September.

Change of kindergarten application

If your circumstances have changed, please complete the Change of kindergarten application form(PDF, 618KB) and let us know.

Parents and visitor code of conduct

A parent and visitor code of conduct(PDF, 256KB) has been developed that provides guidelines for desirable and appropriate behaviour for all, and which reflects the values and beliefs of the organisation. The Code of Conduct is designed to provide principles and practices to guide adult behaviour.