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
  • Fifteen hours per week for 4 year old kindergarten.

Kindergarten is offered on a sessional or full day basis.

Sessional kindergarten

Registrations for 2024 are still open. Complete our online form to register your interest or contact us on 9581 4851 or kindergartenenrolment@kingston.vic.gov.au to find out about available places.

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 2025 open 1 May 2024.

Register for 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. 

Find a sessional kindergarten

Select the program type and year, select a pin and then scroll down to see the details below the map. Alternatively you can download the timetable(PDF, 165KB).

Frequently asked questions

General information

What is three and four-year-old sessional kindergarten? 

Three and four-year-old sessional kindergarten (sometimes called ‘funded kindergarten’, ‘preschool’ or ‘early years education’) is a two-year early education program for children before they start primary school. 

 

Where is funded kindergarten offered?

Funded kindergarten is offered in:

  • stand-alone community sessional kindergartens (during school terms)
  • long day child care centres, children's centres and early learning centres.

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

Visit Find a Kinder for a map of all funded kindergarten services.

 

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 2021 and 30 April 2022 will be eligible to start funded kindergarten in 2025.

Registration process

What is the kindergarten central registration scheme? 

Council facilitates an equitable and transparent registration and allocation process for families to access community operated sessional kindergarten in their local area. Families can nominate three kindergarten group options and participate in the allocation process. 

View our map to find participating sessional kindergartens in Kingston.

 

How are registrations prioritised?

Children are prioritised based on the Victorian Government’s Kindergarten Funding Guidelines and the child’s residential proximity and prior connection to the first option group.

 

When can I submit my registration form?

Registrations open each year on 1 May for kindergarten in the following year. For example, if your child is eligible to commence kindergarten in 2025 you can submit your registration from 1 May 2024.

Registration received before 30 June will be included in the first allocation round.

 

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 for kindergarten in 2025:

  • 29 July - 2 August 2024
  • 12 - 16 August 2024
  • 26 - 30 August 2024

Ad hoc allocations are made all year round where there are vacancies.

What if I don't get my first group or kindergarten option?

You can:

  • stay on the wait list until there is a vacancy
  • accept an offer for a different group or kindergarten and remain on the wait list for a place at your preferred kindergarten or group

Registration doesn’t guarantee a kindergarten placement.

 

How do I change my kindergarten group options?

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.

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?

You only need to submit one registration form for three and four-year-old kindergarten, however places are allocated separately.

Every effort will be made to place children at the same kindergarten for both years.

 

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

How much does kindergarten cost?

The Victorian Government has announced that kindergarten will be free for eligible children attending a participating service.

Children can access fifteen hours per week for a four year old program, and between five and fifteen hours per week for a three year old program for free. Additional hours offered by a service are optional and will incur a fee.

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. Only one service can claim kindergarten funding for your child each year.

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

 

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.

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.