Apply for four-year-old kindergarten

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 register enrolment bookings on their behalf.

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

Age eligibility for kindergarten

2019 kindergarten

Your child must be 4 years of age by 30 April 2019.

Enrolments opened 1 March 2018. You can enrol online or download the application. See details below.

2018 kindergarten

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

For enrolments for kindergarten in 2018, phone the Children's Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271 or email Children's Services.

Please do not use the enrolment website.

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.

2018 - How to apply for 4-year-old kindergarten in 2018

For enrolments for kindergarten in 2018, phone the Children's Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271 or email Children's Services

Please do not use the website for 2018 enrolments.

2019 - How to apply for 4-year-old kindergarten in 2019

Important dates

Enrolment applications for 2019 open from 1 March 2018. For the best chance of getting a place at your preferred kindergarten, apply by 31 May 2018.

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 for 2019 are still accepted after 31 May 2018 but those received before this date get priority. 

Apply online

Visit the Kindergarten Enrolment website. 

Create an account and login to provide your details and kindergarten preferences. As part of the application process you need to pay an application fee with a Visa or Master Card and upload your supporting documentation  (see below).

Other ways to apply

Complete the Kindergarten Enrolment form (DOC 446Kb). The form is also available from a Council Customer Service Centre and the participating kindergartens.

Submit your form:

  • in person at a Council Customer Service 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. 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.

Enrolment application fee

There is a non-refundable fee of $21 per child. This is an administration fee and does not contribute to your kindergarten fees. 

Application requirements

  • One registration must be completed for each child.
  • Please ensure that your child’s name is written as it appears on their birth certificate, passport or immunisation history statement.
  • 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 your application does not guarantee your child a place.   

Supporting documentation

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

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

Please read the letter/email carefully and check all details are correct. If you do not receive any communication within five (5) weeks, email Children's Services or phone the Children’s Services Central Enrolment Officer on 9240 2271.

How to change your kindergarten preferences

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

If you applied online, logon to your portal account to update your preferences, or  email Children's Services requesting a Change of Preference form. Forms received after this date are not processed until after the allocation process is complete.

Between June 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

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

  • Aborignal 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 were offered a place for 2018 and deferred for 2019

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 - 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 2014 and 2018 – 10 points
  • More than one child is attending kindergarten (e.g. twins, triplets, step-siblings or children of same age with same legal guardian) – 40 points
  • Non residents of Moreland whose children are cared for by grandparents who live in close proximity to your first preferred kindergarten - 50 points
  • Non residents of Moreland with one of these links:  - 40 points
    -  parents/legal guardians who work or study in Moreland, or
    -  other children who attend school or child care in Moreland.

Applications received after 31 May

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

When will my child be offered a place?

Offers wil be made by email or mail and sent to the Parent/Legal Guardian One, unless otherwise requested.

Receiving an offer will depend on when you submitted your enrolment form.

Children offered places in 2018 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 1 June

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 will have two weeks to accept and respond.

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 2019 but you decide they should not go to kindergarten until 2020, you can defer their enrolment. This means the place is reserved for you and you do not have to apply again next year.