Four-year-old kindergarten

About kindergarten programs

Kindergartens have planned educational programs for children aged 3 to 5 years during four school terms.

Kindergartens are managed by volunteer committees, not-for-profit clusters and private organisations. State funded kindergartens also operate in some long day care centres.

The Victorian Government provides funding to contribute to the cost of running a funded kindergarten program. This helps keep fees for 4-year-old kindergarten as low as possible.

Kindergartens in Moreland offer 15 hours of 4-year-old sessional kindergarten programs a week.

Your child must be 4 years of age by 30 April to be eligible to attend 4-year-old kindergarten in that year.

Record of immunisation

Under the Victorian Government 'No Jab, No Play' legislation, before your child's kindergarten enrolment can be completed you must provide a copy of the Immunisation Schedule to the kindergarten to show that 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 1300 882 008.

Kindergarten fees

Services charge families fees to help meet the cost of running kindergarten programs. Fees are set by individual services and can vary.

The Victorian Government subsidises fees for some children so they can attend kindergarten for free or at low cost. Visit the Department of Education and Training for more information on the subsidy.

Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme

Moreland City Council does not directly manage any kindergartens in Moreland.

However, 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 to enable fair and easy access for families to kindergarten.

Choosing your kindergarten preferences

The Central Enrolment Scheme allows you to choose up to 3 kindergarten preferences.

We suggest that you only choose kindergartens where you are prepared to accept a place. 

We also suggest that you visit kindergartens in your area to decide which best suits your child’s needs, including how close the kindergarten is to your home.

Some kindergartens participating in the central enrolment scheme have open days for parents to visit the centre and ask questions. Please contact the kindergartens directly for further information regarding their Open Days.

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How kindergarten places are allocated

The Central Enrolment Scheme uses a points and priority system.

Your application will receive points if:

  • your enrolment form is received between 1 March and 31 May
  • you are a Moreland resident or ratepayer
  • non residents who work or study in Moreland
  • your child attends 3-year-old program at your first preference kindergarten, and
  • your child has a sibling attending or attended your first preference kindergarten.

The centralised computer system processes the enrolments based on the total number of points that are allocated and the number of places that are available at the nominated kindergarten.

Enrolments for kindergarten in 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.

Enrolments for kindergarten in 2018

The main enrolment registration period is between 1 March and 31 May 2017 for 4-year-old kindergarten in 2018. Enrolment forms received within this period will be given priority. To enrol your child, please complete the Enrolment form and read the information booklet (PDF 1Mb)which explains the enrolment process. Enrolment forms and information booklet will also be available from Council Citizens Service Centres and the participating kindergartens.

Enrolment process

There is a non-refundable enrolment fee of $20 payable for each child to be enrolled. This enrolment fee is not a deposit.

Post your completed form with a cheque or money order (no cash) to Children's Services Central Enrolment Officer, Moreland City Council, Locked Bag 10, Moreland 3058, or bring your completed form and fee in person to a Council Citizens Service Centre. Cheques or money orders are to be made payable to Moreland City Council.

If you are unable to pay the registration fee, this may delay the processing of your enrolment application. Please email Children's Services or phone the Children’s Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271 if you have a query.

You can still submit your form for 2018 enrolments after 31 May and it will be processed on the system in date of received order (no points will apply).

Acknowledgement of your enrolment

An acknowledgement letter will be posted within 4 weeks of submitting your application.

If you do not receive this letter, please email Children's Services or phone the Children’s Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271.

It is important that you read the letter carefully to check that all details entered into the central enrolment database are correct.

Notification of kindergarten places

If you submitted your enrolment form between 1 March and 31 May  you will receive a letter by the end of August advising if your child has been allocated a kindergarten place or is on a waiting list.

If you enrolled after 31 May you will receive a letter from September onwards advising if your child has been allocated a kindergarten place or is on a waiting list.

If there are no places available at your preferred kindergartens, you will be advised in writing of places available at other kindergartens.You may choose to change your kindergarten preference or remain on a waiting list.

4-year-old kindergartens in the Central Enrolment Scheme

You will need to apply through the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme for a place at these kindergartens.

Other 4-year-old kindergartens

These kindergartens are not part of the Moreland Central Enrolment Scheme.

You will need to contact these kindergartens directly to find out about vacancies and enrolment procedures.

Further information

Download the Information for Families with Children brochure (PDF 5Mb) for an overview of all children's services in Moreland, including kindergartens.

Kindergarten information in other languages:

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