Apply for four-year-old kindergarten

Moreland City Council has a Central Enrolment Scheme for 4-year-old kindergarten. This is an agreement with most kindergartens in the Moreland area for Council to take enrolment bookings on their behalf.

Please note that Council also has central scheme for child care registration.

Age eligibility for kindergarten

2017 kindergarten

Your child must be 4 years of age by 30 April 2017.

If you have an enquiry regarding 2017 4-year-old kindergarten, phone the Children's Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271 or email Children's Services.

2018 kindergarten

Your child must be 4 years of age by 30 April 2018.

Enrolments open 1 March 2017. See further details below.

Children are only entitled to attend one funded year of 4-year-old kindergarten. If your child is having a funded second year of 4-year-old kindergarten, you need to contact Children’s Services Central Enrolment on 9240 2271 to discuss. Do not apply for kindergarten enrolment through our online or hard copy form.

Important dates

We accept applications from 1 March 2017. For the best chance of getting a place at your preferred kindergarten, apply by 31 May 2017.

Within this period, the date of your application does not affect your chances - an application received on 31 May has the same chance as one received on 1 March.

Applications are still accepted after 31 May 2017 but those received before this date get priority. 

How to apply for kindergarten enrolment

Apply online

Visit the Kindergarten Enrolment website to apply for 4-year-old kindergarten online.

Create an account and login to provide your details and kindergarten preferences.

As part of the application process you need to pay the application fee with a Visa or MasterCard and upload your proof requirements (see below).

Other ways to apply

Complete the Kindergarten Enrolment form (PDF 1Mb). The form and information booklet is also available from Council Customer Service Centres and participating kindergartens.

Submit your form:

In person at a Council Customer Services Centre and pay the application fee by cash, eftpos or credit card, or

By mail to Children’s Services Central Enrolment Officer, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland VIC 3058. Include payment by cheque or money order made out to Moreland City Council.

Number of kindergarten preferences

You may choose up to three kindergarten preferences. Please only choose kindergartens where you are prepared to accept a place. 

Please visit as many kindergartens in your area as possible to decide which kindergartens best suits you and your child.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable fee of $20 per child. This is not a deposit payment for kindergarten fees. 

Application requirements

One application must be completed for each child.

Make sure that your child’s name is the same as on their birth certificate or passport.

If a child lives with two parents and/or legal guardians, both must complete the form.

If there is a court order or parental order in place in relation to the child’s custody, you need to provide a copy. If you are the child’s legal guardian but not a parent, please provide supporting documents.

Please note application does not guarantee your child a place.   

Proof requirements

You need to provide proof of your child's age and circumstances as part of your application. 

Child’s age

Child’s birth certificate, passport, immunisation history letter, or immigration document.

Residency in Moreland

A recent document with your name and street address:

  • Rates notice
  • Property contract of sale (section with name of purchaser and address)
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Utility bill
  • Driver licence
  • Home or car insurance receipt
  • Medicare or Centrelink letter

If you are a student from overseas and live in Moreland, and do not have any of these documents, provide a letter from a college or university to verify your address.

A link to the municipality, if you do not live in the City of Moreland

If you work or study in Moreland, a letter or invoice from your employer or education provider, or copy of student card.

If you have a child who attends a child care centre in Moreland, upload a fee invoice from the service provider.

If a grandparent cares for your child, provide proof of their address.

If you have a child that attends a school in Moreland, a fee invoice from the school which includes your child's name and address.

Asylum seeker

A visa or immigrant document.

Refugee status

Immi card.

Additional needs

Support letter from a medical professional or community health service.

Employment status

If you are employed, a letter or payslip from your employer.

If you are self-employed, a recent BAS statement or other proof.

If you are studying, a copy of your student card or fee invoice.

Orders applicable

Upload an intervention, parental or custodial order document.

What happens after you apply

Council sends you an acknowledgement letter after your application is received. Unless otherwise requested, this letter is only sent to Parent One as listed on your application form.

Please read the letter carefully and check all the details are correct. If you do not receive the letter within four weeks of your application, email Children's Services or phone the Children’s Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271.

If your child’s application is incomplete, such as missing documents, signatures or payment, Council staff will return it to you. 

If you are going to be away between March and December please let us know the dates you are away, if you can be contacted by email during this time, or if another person can look after enrolment on your behalf and their details.

We try our best to contact you, but if you can’t be contacted your child may miss out on a kindergarten place.

If you change your address please let us know as soon as possible.

How to change your kindergarten preferences

Between 1 March and 31 May, you can change your kindergarten preferences:

  • update your preferences online, if you applied online, or
  • complete a Change of Kindergarten Preference form and return by 31 May. Email Children's Services or phone 9240 2271 for the form. Forms received after this date are not processed until after the allocation process is complete.  

Between 31 May and September you are unable to change your kindergarten preferences as the allocation process is taking place.

If you wish to change your kindergarten preference after places have been offered, you can contact us to enquire about availability.

How places are allocated

Council’s kindergarten enrolment system is designed to be as simple and fair as possible. It aims to offer everyone a place at their first preferred kindergarten. Places are limited so Council uses a system of points to allocate places. 

Priority groups and reserved places

Council offers places first to:

  • Children who were offered a place in 2017 and deferred until 2018
  • Children at risk or known to child protection, Child FIRST or an out-of-home care provider
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Asylum seeker and refugee children, and
  • Children with additional needs.

Applications received between 1 March and 31 May

If you apply between 1 March and 31 May, your application is given points. 

Those with the highest number of points are offered places first.

  • Child lives in Moreland or parent or guardian pays rates in Moreland - 100 points
  • Child attends a 3-year-old program at first preferred kindergarten – 20 points
  • Other children in the family attend or have attended first preferred kindergarten between 2013 and 2017 – 10 points
  • More than one child is attending kindergarten in 2018 (e.g. twins, triplets, step-siblings or children of same age with same legal guardian) – 40 points

For children who don’t live in Moreland:

  • Child is cared for by a grandparent in Moreland who lives close to first preferred kindergarten – 100 points

or

  • Parent or guardian works or studies in Moreland – 40 points

or

  • Parent or guardian has another child who goes to school or child care in Moreland – 10 points
  • Child attends a 3-year-old program at first preferred kindergarten – 20 points
  • Other children in the family attend or have attended first preferred kindergarten between 2013 and 2017 – 10 points
  • More than one child attending kindergarten in 2018 (e.g. twins, triplets, step-siblings or children of same age with same legal guardian) – 40 points

Applications received after 31 May

After 31 May applications are not given points but are considered in the order received. 

When will my child be offered a place?

Offers are made by mail and sent to the parent or guardian listed first on the application form, unless otherwise requested.

Expect a letter:

Children offered places in 2017 and deferred

In March. The letter offers your child the place you deferred.

Applications received between 1 March and 31 May

By the end of August. The letter either offers your child a place or lets you know they are on a waiting list.

Applications received after 31 May

From September onwards. The letter either offers your child a place or lets you know they are on a waiting list.

If you are offered a place you need to accept it by returning the form that comes with the letter.

If there are no places available at your preferred kindergartens, we let you know of places available at other kindergartens. You may choose one of them or remain on a waiting list.

If you wish to change your kindergarten preference after places have been offered, you can contact us to enquire about availability.

What happens after you accept a place?

In September we send kindergartens the details of children who have accepted a place with them. The kindergarten contacts you before the end of December with information on fees and the days and times your child can attend.

If your child is offered a place for 2018 but you decide they should not go to kindergarten until 2019, you can defer their enrolment. This means the place is reserved for you and you do not have to apply again next year.