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Three & Four Year Old Sessional Kindergarten

Great news for families! From 2022 the Victorian State Government will provide funding for three-year-old kindergarten as well as four-year-old kindergarten. This means eligible children will be able to have two years of funded kindergarten from 2022.

The Central Registration Scheme for sessional three and four-year-old kindergarten is administered by the City of Kingston on behalf of participating sessional kindergarten services that are operated by volunteer committees and early years managers in Kingston.

Registrations for three and four-year-old sessional kindergarten in 2022 are now open.

A non-refundable fee of $25 is required with each registration. There is no charge for families who are eligible for a kindergarten fee subsidy.

To register in person email kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au and we'll send you a printable form.

Funded sessional kindergarten registrations are prioritised based on the Victorian State Government's Kindergarten Guidelines and the child's residential proximity and prior connection to the service of their first preference. Over recent years approximately 97% of families received an offer at their kindergarten of choice.

View the list of participating kindergartens or find out more about kindergarten open days at mycommunitylife.com.au.

Find kindergartens close to your home.

To find out more about how registrations are prioritised and allocated, please download the parent information sheet or the detailed Procedure.

 

Three-year-old sessional kindergarten in 2021

For information about three-year-old kindergarten in 2021, please contact the kindergarten directly.

 

Four-year-old sessional kindergarten in 2021

Registrations are still open for four-year-old sessional kindergarten in 2021.

 

Frequently asked questions

Three-year-old kindergarten

What are the changes for three-year-old kindergarten?

In an Australian first, the Victorian Government will provide funding for eligible children to attend three-year-old kindergarten at funded early childhood service. Funding will commence in 2022 for a minimum of 5 hours per week and this will progressively scale up to 15 hours per week by 2029.

This means that all three and four-year old children will be able to access two years of funded kindergarten prior to starting school.



Can my child start three-year-old kindergarten before they turn three?

This will depend on which kindergarten your child attends based on the staff to child ratios and the type of service. Children may be able to start kindergarten when they are still two years of age or they may need to wait until they turn three before they start.

It’s best to check this with your preferred kindergarten provider.



Can my child have a repeat year of three-year-old?

No, children will progress directly from three-year-old kindergarten to four-year-old kindergarten in the following year.

If you or the educators still hold concerns about your child’s development, a second year of four-year-old kindergarten can be considered. 


Four-year-old kindergarten

Will I be guaranteed a four-year-old place at the same kindergarten my child attends three-year-old?

Three and four-year-old places will be allocated separately. Every effort will be made to place children at the same kindergarten for both years, unfortunately we aren’t able to guarantee this.

Approximately 97% of children receive an offer at their preferred kindergarten.



What will happen if we want to change kindergartens for four-year-old?

You can change your kindergarten preference at any time by submitting a Change of Registration Form.



Can my child have a repeat year of four-year-old?

Yes, in the instance your child meets the Victorian Governments criteria for a second year of four-year-old kindergarten and this is supported by the educators. 



What if I haven't attended three-year-old kindergarten, can I still register for place in four-year-old?

Yes, just go to www.kingston.vic.gov.au/centralregistration to register.


Eligibility, registration and allocation (How does it work?)

Where is funded kindergarten offered?

Funded kindergarten is offered to eligible children for a minimum of 15 hours per week for four year olds and 5 hours per week for three year olds (commencing in 2022) during the school terms in stand-alone community kindergartens, child care centres, children's centres and schools. They are managed by volunteer parent committees, early years managers, schools and private providers.

To find out more about other great kindergarten options in Kingston see our Early Years Education and Care Options.



Is my child eligible?

Children who turn three before 30 April in the year they attend are eligible for kindergarten.

For example, children who are born between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019 will be eligible to start funded kindergarten in 2022.



What if my circumstances change?

 If your circumstances change and you need to amend the details on your registration form please complete a Change of Registration Form.



How do I register?

The Kingston City Council operates a Central Registration Scheme for three and four-year-old sessional kindergarten services that are operated by parent committees and early years managers.

Families can submit one form per individual child to register for three and four year old kindergarten at participating kindergartens (registrations above).

Registrations open on 1 May the year prior to commencing kindergarten.



How will places be prioritised?

Through the Central Registration Scheme for three and four-year-old sessional kindergarten, children are prioritised based on the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Funding Guidelines and child’s residential proximity and prior connection to the service of preference.



When are places allocated?

There are three formal allocation rounds held in July and August in the year before your child attends kindergarten. To be included in the first allocation round submit your registration by 30 June.



What if I don't get a spot at my first choice of kindergarten?

You can remain on the waiting list until there is a vacancy or you can choose to go to another kindergarten and remain on the waiting list for a place at your preferred kindergarten.



What is the No Jab No Play Policy?

All children enrolling in early childhood education and care services (including kindergartens) will need to be up to date with their immunisation or have an approved exemption. Under this legislation you will be asked by the kindergarten to provide your child's vaccination records to meet these new requirements.


Cost and funding

Do I need to apply for funding?

No, the funding subsidy for three and four-year-old kindergarten will be paid directly to the service provider. This is deducted from your fees and you will only be required to pay the gap.



How much does it cost?

Most kindergarten program fees are partly paid for by the Victorian Government directly to the kindergarten. Contact the kindergarten directly to find out what their fees are.

Some children are eligible for a Kindergarten Fee Subsidy which allows children to access up to 15 hours of funded kindergarten for free or at a low cost. You can email us at kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au or contact the kindergarten directly for more information.



Can my child attend more than one kindergarten service?

No. All children are eligible to receive two years of funded kindergarten at one service for each year. 

Families must declare if their child is receiving funding at multiple services. This includes sessional kindergarten, early learning centres and long day care services.



What is Early Start Kindergarten?

Early Start Kindergarten provides up to 15 hours of free or low cost kindergarten to eligible three year old children where the programs are offered by a qualified teacher. You can email us at kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au or contact the kindergarten directly for more information.



Will Early Start Kindergarten still be available?

Yes, Early Start Kindergarten Funding will continue to be available to eligible children until three-year-old kindergarten scales up to 15 hours per week in 2029.


More information

Where can I get more information?

More information is available from the Department of Education and Training.

View a list of all kindergarten and child care options in Kingston.

For more information about the kindergarten registration process or to provide us with feedback please contact the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Officer on 9581 4851 or kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au.