Kindergarten

Overview

Kindergarten is an early years education program for children in the two years prior to starting school.

The Victorian State Government provides funding for:

  • up to 15 hours per week for 3 year old kindergarten
  • 15 hours per week for 4 year old kindergarten

Kindergarten is offered on a sessional or full day basis.

Sessional kindergarten

Complete our online form to register your interest in kindergarten.

You can register your child in kindergarten if they turn three or four before April 30 in the year they attend.

You only need to register once for three and four-year-old kindergarten. Use one form per child.

Registrations for 2022 and 2023 are open. You should submit your registration for 2023 by 30 June to be included in the first round of allocations.  

Register for 2023 kindergarten
Register for 2022 kindergarten

Registration process

Places are allocated based on:

  • Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Funding Guidelines 
  • how close you live to the kindergarten 
  • whether your child (or older child) has attended the kindergarten before 

We will try to place your child at the same kindergarten for both years, but it is not guaranteed. 

If your child doesn’t get a spot at one of your preferred kindergartens groups, we'll contact you with other options.

Update your details

If your circumstances change after your register, you can change your kindergarten preference or update your details using our online form. 

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Frequently asked questions

General information

Where is funded kindergarten offered?

Funded kindergarten is offered in stand-alone community kindergartens (during school terms), child care centres, children's centres and early learning centres.

Eligible children can receive a funding subsidy for 15 hours per week for four-year-olds and 5-15 hours per week for three-year-olds.

View our map to find participating sessional kindergartens in Kingston.


Is my child eligible?

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

For example, children who are born between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020 will be eligible to start funded kindergarten in 2023.


How are registrations prioritised?

Children are prioritised based on the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Funding Guidelines and each 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.

Allocation rounds are:

  • Round 1: 25-29 July 2022
  • Round 2: 8-12 August 2022
  • Round 3: 22-26 August 2022


What if I don't get my first group preference?

You can:

  • stay on the waiting list until there is a vacancy
  • accept the offer and remain on the waiting list for a place at your preferred group.


What is the No Jab No Play Policy?

All children enrolling in early childhood education and care services (including kindergartens) need to be immunised or have an approved exemption. You will be asked to provide your child's vaccination records to meet these requirements.

Three-year-old kindergarten

Can my child start kindergarten before they turn three?

Depending on staff numbers and demand, some kindergartens may allow your child to start early. Check with your preferred kindergarten.


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

No, children will move 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 place at the same kindergarten my child attends three-year-old?

Three and four-year-old places are 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.


How do I change my kindergarten group preferences?

You can change your kindergarten group preference at any time by submitting your information using our online form or send an email to kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au.


Can my child repeat four-year-old kindergarten?

Yes, if your child meets the Victorian Government’s criteria for a second year of four-year-old kindergarten, and it is supported by the educators. 


What if my child hasn’t attended three-year-old kindergarten, can I still register for a place in four-year-old?

Yes.

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 and you will only be required to pay the gap.


How much does kindergarten cost?

All kindergartens charge fees to help meet the cost of running kindergarten programs. Fees are set by individual kindergartens.

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 get in touch with your kindergarten directly for more information.


Can my child attend more than one funded kindergarten program?

No. All children are eligible to receive two years of funded kindergarten at one location 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 get in touch with your kindergarten directly for more information.


Where can I get more information?

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

For more information about the kindergarten registration process or to provide us with feedback please contact the Kindergarten Central Registration Team on 9581 4851.

  

 

Related Information

 

Full day kindergarten

Funded kindergarten can also be offered in child care settings (also called long day care, or integrated kindergarten programs).

To enrol in full day kindergarten, contact the centre directly.

View a map of child care centres in Kingston.