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

Kindergarten provides children with the chance to develop their independence, confidence, social and emotional skills.

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

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

    More information is available on our Child care page.

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 keeping 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.

You can find out more about 3-year-old kindergartens on the State Government's Education and Training website.

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

    4-year-old kindergarten

    Please note: a second year of 4-year-old kindergarten 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: 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 are in an Out-of-Home Care arrangement .
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
    • Refugee and asylum seeker children who meet the special visa criteria.

    For more information email or centralenrolments@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9240 2477.

Kindergarten information in your language

You can find out more about the benefits of kindergarten in your language on the State Government's Education and Training website.

Applying for kindergartens

3-year-old kindergarten enrolments for 2023

Applications for 2023 open 1 March 2022.

You can see which kindergartens will be part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme for 2023 (PDF).

There are also some 3-year-old kindergartens that are not part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme. You can see these kindergartens on our 2023 3-year-old sessional kindergarten not part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme list (PDF). For the kindergartens on this list, please contact the kindergarten directly to find out about enrolling for 2023.

Please note: 3-year-old kindergarten places cannot be deferred or have a second year of funded 3-year-old kindergarten.

  • Your child can only attend 3-year-old kindergarten once they have turned 3 years of age.

    2022 kindergarten

    Your child must be 3 years of age by 30 April 2022 to apply for 3-year-old kindergarten in 2022.

    2023 kindergarten

    Your child must be 3 years old by 30 April 2023 to apply for 3-year-old kindergarten in 2023.

  • All kindergartens are closed until 28 January 2022.

    The kindergartens on this list are part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme in 2022. Not all of these kindergartens currently have vacancies for 2022 in their 3-year-old program.

    For all 2022 Central Enrolment Kindergarten vacancies and enrolment enquiries please email the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Team or phone 9240 2477

    For the kindergartens on this list please contact the kindergarten directly to enquire about 2022 three-year-old vacancies.

4-year-old kindergarten enrolments for 2023

Applications for 2023 open 1 March 2022.

You can see which kindergartens will be part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme for 2023 (PDF).

There are also some 4-year-old kindergartens that are not part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme. You can see these kindergartens on our 2023 4-year-old sessional kindergarten not part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme list (PDF). For the kindergartens on this list, please contact the kindergarten directly to find out about enrolling for 2023.

After you submit a kindergarten application

Your application will be processed within 4 weeks of receipt. You will receive an acknowledgment 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 in your application are correct. If you do not receive any communication within five (5) weeks, email centralenrolments@moreland.vic.gov.au or phone the Kindergarten Central Enrolment Officers on 9240 2477.

Kindergarten application fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of $25 per child when you enrol. This is an administration fee and does not contribute to your kindergarten fees.

  • You will not need to pay the non-refundable kindergarten application 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)

    You will also not need to pay the non-refundable kindergarten application fee if your 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

Kindergarten applications require you to:

  • Complete an application for each child
  • Include all relevant supporting documentation in your application
  • Ensure that your child’s name is written as it appears on their birth certificate, passport, or Australian Immunisation History Statement
  • Have the application completed and signed as the parent and/or guardian
  • Provide a copy of any court order, intervention order, or parental/guardian order in place in relation to the child’s custody with your application
  • Provide supporting documents if you are the child’s guardian but not the parent

The Kindergarten Central Enrolment team will only discuss information regarding your child with the person/s listed as a contact in the application.

Please note: your application does not guarantee your child a place in that kindergarten.

Supporting documents for kindergarten applications

  • You will need to provide proof of the child's age through the child’s birth certificate, passport, Australian Immunisation History Statement, or immigration document.

  • You will need to provide proof that the child lives in Moreland. This can be done by providing recent document with your name and street address, such as your:

    • 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 do not live in Moreland, you will need to provide us with proof of your link to the City of Moreland (the municipality). This can be done in the following ways:

    • If you work or study in Moreland, a letter or invoice from your employer or education provider, or a copy of your student card.
    • If you have a child who attends a child care centre in Moreland, provide a copy of a fee invoice from the service provider.
    • If you have a child that attends a school in Moreland, provide a copy of a fee invoice from the school which includes your child's name and address.
  • If the child is an asylum seeker you will need to provide a copy of a visa or immigrant document.

  • If the child has refugee status then you will need to provide a copy of their ImmiCard. You can find out more about ImmiCards on the Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs website.

  • If the child has additional needs then you will need to provide a copy of a support letter from a medical professional or community health service about these needs.

  • If there is any court order, intervention order, or parental/guardian order in place in relation to the child’s custody, you will need to provide a copy of 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:

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

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

You can find out more by calling 1800 653 809 or on the Victorian Government Department of Health website.

Families who do not hold a Medicare card must call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 to request an Immunisation History Statement. A Translating and Interpreting service is available on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm if you call 131 450.

You can email cd-immunisation@moreland.vic.gov.au for advice on immunisation and getting your Immunisation History Statement.

How kindergarten 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 order of the date of received and no points will be given. 

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

  • Families who are Moreland residents and/or rate payers will be allocated 100 points.

  • If the child attends a 3-year-old program at their first preferred kindergarten they will be allocated 70 points.

  • If other children in the family attend or have attended the first preferred kindergarten between 2019 and 2021, the child will be allocated 20 points.

  • If more than one child is attending kindergarten (e.g. twins, triplets, step-siblings or children of same age with same legal guardian), these children will be allocated 40 points.

  • If you are not a resident of Moreland but are linked to the suburb including working or studying in Moreland as a parent/guardian, or if you have other children who attend school or child care in Moreland, you will be allocated 50 points.

Priority groups and reserved places at kindergartens

In accordance with 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 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. You can find out more about ESK by calling 9240 2477 or on the State Government's Education and Training website.

When will my child be offered a place at a kindergarten?

The 'Parent/Guardian One' (as listed on your application) will be advised by email or mail if their child has been offered a place or placed on the 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.

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.

What happens after you accept a place at a kindergarten

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 2023, but you decide they should not go to kindergarten until 2024, you can defer their enrolment. This means the place is reserved for your child and you do not have to apply again next year.

Kindergarten Outreach Support Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) children and families

The Kindergarten Outreach Support Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) children and families assist families to enrol into 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten and have successful transitions.

The Outreach Team links families to other early childhood support in your local area. You can find out more information on the Kindergarten Outreach Support Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) children and families flyer (PDF).

We have interpreters available on request.

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.

You can learn more about this program on our Children with additional needs page.