Skip to content

About kindergartens

Kindergarten, also known as preschool, is an educational, play-based learning program for 3 and 4 -year-old children. It is delivered by a degree qualified early childhood teacher.

Kindergarten is funded by the State Government and can be delivered as an integrated program in a child care setting or as a sessional kindergarten program.

  • At kindergarten your child will develop their independence, confidence, social and emotional skills. 

  • You may select three kindergartens that you would like your child to attend and put these in your order of preference.

    Only choose kindergartens where you are prepared to accept a place. If you would like to visit a kindergarten, please contact the centre directly to make an appointment time.

  • Funded kindergarten programs are also offered in long day care (child care) settings. These are known as integrated kindergarten programs. The programs are led by degree-qualified teachers.

    This option is available to families who require child care and who would like access to a kindergarten program.

    Fees for integrated kindergarten programs may be different at each centre. You will need to contact each centre directly to discuss.

    See our child care centres page for more information

Kindergarten fees and State Government funding

The Victorian Government provides funding to all kindergartens programs. This funding contributes towards the cost of running 4-year-old kindergarten and to keep fees as low as possible.

Fees vary at each kindergarten. You will need to check with each individual kindergarten regarding their fees.

If you or your child holds a fee subsidy card, your child can attend 4-year-old sessional kindergarten for free or at a lower cost. Contact your preferred kindergarten to discuss their fee policy.

The Victorian Government is investing in providing funded 3-year-old kindergarten. Starting in 2022, children in Moreland can apply to access 5 hours of funded 3-year-old kindergarten.

Find out more information about 3-year-old kindergarten

  • Both 3 and 4-year-old sessional kindergarten programs are only funded for one year.

    4-year-old kindergarten

    A second year can only be applied for if there are concerns about a child’s development and this requires assessment by the kindergarten teacher. Please consider your child’s age and development when choosing when to start 4-year-old kindergarten.

    3-year-old kindergarten

    Please note that children can only attend one year of 3-year-old kindergarten and will not be able to have a second year.

    Each child can only attend one government-funded kindergarten program, whether at a sessional kindergarten or long day care centre.

  • Early Start Kindergarten (also known as ESK) is a funded two year 4-year-old kindergarten program. It is available to children who turn 3 years of age by 30 April in the year they are enrolled to attend the program.

    ESK can be accessed by:

    • Children whose families have been assisted by Child Protection or Child FIRST.
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children.
    • Refugee and asylum seeker children who meet the special visa criteria. For more information phone 9240 2271, 9240 2273 or centralenrolments@moreland.vic.gov.au

If the kindergarten that you want to enrol your child is on this list, you must contact the kindergarten directly to enrol.

Kindergarten information in your language

Learn more about the benefits of kindergarten in your language.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable fee of $24 per child. This is an administration fee and does not contribute to your kindergarten fees.

  • You do not pay this fee if:

    • your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ​​
    • your child is identified on the birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more)

    The child is listed on a Health Care Card or the Parent/Guardian has one of the following Fee Subsidy Cards:

      • Health Care Card
      • Department of Veterans Affairs Gold or White Card
      • In-Country Special Humanitarian Visa (Subclass 201)
      • Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visa (Subclass 786)
      • Emergency Rescue Visa (Subclass 203)
      • Bridging Visas A-E
      • Pensioner Concession Card
      • Refugee Visa (Subclass 200)
      • Global Special Humanitarian Visa (Subclass 202)
      • Protection Visa (Subclass 866)
      • Woman at Risk Visa (Subclass 204)

Kindergarten application requirements

  • An application must be completed for each child.
  • An application must include all relevant supporting documentation.
  • Please ensure that your child’s name is written as it appears on their birth certificate, passport or Australian Immunisation History Statement.
  • The application is to be completed and signed by the parent and/or guardian.
  • If there is a court order, intervention order or parental/guardian order in place in relation to the child’s custody, you need to provide a copy with your application.
  • If you are the child’s guardian but not the parent, please provide supporting documents.
  • The Kindergarten Central Enrolment team will only discuss information regarding your child with person/s listed as a contact in the application.

Please note your application does not guarantee your child a place.

Supporting documentation

  • Child’s birth certificate, passport, Australian Immunisation History Statement, or immigration document.

  • A recent document with your name and street address:

    • Rates notice
    • Property contract of sale (section with name of purchaser and address)
    • Rental lease agreement
    • Utility bill
    • Driver licence
    • Home or car insurance receipt
    • 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 you have a child that attends a school in Moreland, a fee invoice from the school which includes your child's name and address.
  • A visa or immigrant document.

  • Immi card.

  • Support letter from a medical professional or community health service.

  • Upload an intervention, parental or custodial order document.

Immunisation requirements for kindergarten

Your child's immunisation records must be up to date before they can attend kindergarten, unless they have an immunisation exemption.

You must show a copy of your child's up-to-date Australian Immunisation History Statement schedule to the kindergarten they are attending. Please note kindergartens cannot accept an immunisation book or letter from your doctor. You can get your child’s Immunisation History Statement from your myGov account or through Medicare/Centrelink.

The Immunisation History Statement will show us if your child is:

  • fully immunised for their age, or
  • on a vaccination catch-up program, or
  • unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.

For more information call 1800 653 809 or visit Victorian Government No Jab, No Play. Families who do not hold a Medicare card must call the Australian Immunisation Register to request an Immunisation History Statement. A Translating and Interpreting service is available by calling 131 450, Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.45pm.

Email our Immunisation Unit for advice on immunisation

Applying for 3-year-old kindergarten

Once you have understood the application requirements, you can apply for 3 year-old kindergarten. Please note that 3-year-old kindergarten places cannot be deferred or have a second year of funded 3-year-old kindergarten.

  • 2021 kindergarten

    Your child must be 3 years of age by 30 April 2021

    2022 kindergarten

    Your child must be 3 years old by 30 April 2022

    Note: Children can only attend 3-year-old kindergarten once they have turned 3 years of age

  • We are not taking enrolment bookings for 3-year-old kindergarten programs in 2021. Please see attached list of kindergartens to contact.

  • Kindergartens on this list are part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme. To enrol, you can either download an application form or apply online.

    Apply online

    For the kindergartens on this list, please contact the kindergarten directly to enrol your child.

Applying for 4-year-old kindergarten

Once you have understood the application requirements, you can apply for 4 year-old kindergarten.

  • 2021 

    Your child must be 4 years-old by 30 April.

    2022

    Your child must be 4 years-old by 30 April 2022.

  • Please email us to ask about available kindergarten places.

  • Enrolments for 4-year-old kindergarten in 2022 opened on 1 March 2021. For information on participating kindergartens, please see our 2022 poster. You can download an application form or you can apply online.

    Apply online

    For the kindergartens on this list, please contact the kindergarten directly to enrol your child.

     

     

What happens after you apply

Your application will be processed within 4 weeks of receipt. You will receive an acknowledgement email or letter confirming we have received your application. This is only sent to Parent/Guardian One as listed on your application, unless otherwise requested.

Please check carefully that all details are correct. If you do not receive any communication within five (5) weeks, email Children's Services or phone the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Officers on 9240 2273 or 9240 2271.

How places are allocated

The Kindergarten Central Registration System has been designed to be simple and fair. We do not manage kindergartens in Moreland. We have an agreement with the participating kindergartens to process applications for them. Each kindergarten can only accept a certain number of children into their groups, due to their licensing agreement.

Applications received between 1 March and 31 May will be prioritised based on a points and proximity system. During this time period, the date you apply will not affect your kindergarten application.

Please note: Applications received from 1 June will be processed in date of received order only - no points are given.

 

Priority groups and reserved places

In accordance to the Victorian Government's Priority of Access guidelines, kindergarten places prioritise the following:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Children with additional needs
  • Children at risk or known to Child Protection, Child FIRST or an Out-of-Home Care arrangement
  • Children of refugee or Asylum seeker status
  • Children who qualify for Early Start Kindergarten (ESK), which gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week. For further information, please contact the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Team
Note: If the kindergarten is full, your child’s name will be placed on the list as a priority until a place becomes available.

 

If you apply between 1 March and 31 May, your application is given points as follows:

  • 100 points

  • 70 points 

  • 20 points

  • 40 points

  • 50 points

When will my child be offered a place

Parent/Guardian One will be advised by email or mail if their child has been offered a place or placed on the waiting list.

See below for when to expect to receive a notification from us.

  • By the end of August: Families are notified if their child is offered a place or on a waiting list.

  • From September onwards: Families are notified if their child is offered a place or on a waiting list.

  • If you are offered a place you will have 7 days to accept and respond.
  • If there are no places available at your preferred kindergarten, we will 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. If you have accepted a place, the kindergarten will contact you before the end of December with information on fees and the days and times your child will attend.

Deferring a 4-year-old kindergarten placement

If your child is offered a 4-year-old kindergarten place for 2022, but you decide they should not go to kindergarten until 2023, you can defer their enrolment. This means the place is reserved for your child and you do not have to apply again next year.

Preschool Field Officer Program

We want all children to be able to take part in and enjoy their learning. We can provide support if your child needs extra assistance during their time in kindergarten.

The Preschool Field Officer Program is available for any child enrolled in a state-funded kindergarten who has developmental or additional needs. 

Learn more about the Preschool Field Officer Program