Kindergarten programs are developed as an early educational program that considers your child’s needs and interests within the context of the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and has an emphasis on a play-based approach to learning.

Kindergarten provides a supportive environment in which children can develop skills and increases children’s confidence and independence. It fosters creativity, discovery and a desire to learn.


Enrolment for community based kindergartens within the shire is centrally managed by Council under the Kindergarten Central Registration Policy and Procedures (Word, 136KB) which:

  • simplifies the process of kindergarten enrolment process for families
  • supports cluster managed and community managed kindergarten providers
  • applies an equitable and fair process for families seeking kindergarten places
  • informs Council’s early year’s services and infrastructure planning.
  • offers kindergarten places fairly and equitably
  • is developed on the basis of local community needs, promoting local connection and continuity of learning
  • prioritises families who are Cardinia Shire residents/ratepayer
  • supports children who meet 'high priority' criteria.

Benefits to the community and Council
What are the benefits of this event/program/service/works/initiative? Why is it notable or good for the community/Council?

  • Kindergarten is important for children aged three years and over.
  • It ensures equitable and fair allocation to kindergarten places across Cardinia Shire.
  • Council’s online portal is a simplified, one-stop process for families.
  • The portal saves time and stress for families when enrolling their children and will ensure everyone has access to the same system.
  • Parents now have only one point of contact for all kindergarten enrolments.
  • The central enrolment system is also beneficial for Council by providing information so we can meet the needs of our growing community.

High priority children and families
We support the Department of Education and Training (DET) policy direction that prioritises the inclusion of children with additional needs, children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, Asylum seeker and refugee families with an appropriate Visa and children known to Child Protection. Families that demonstrate that they have a child in one of these categories will be allocated to a kindergarten program as a high priority.

This policy provides the framework for a kindergarten central enrolment application process incorporating Victorian Government allocation and funding criteria that:

Boosting Aboriginal participation in kinder

A new campaign is underway to boost the numbers of Aboriginal children taking part in three- and four-year-old kindergarten programs. For more information visit the Victorian Government website.

Kindergarten placement timeline

Four-year-old kindergarten
First round offers for four-year-old kindergarten start mid-July the year before your child’s year of attendance. As positions are accepted and declined, new offers will be made on an ongoing weekly and/or fortnightly as places are available/required; until all children have been given the opportunity to attend a community kindergarten program. There is no guarantee that you will be offered your first preference.

Three-year-old pre-kinder
First round offers for three-year-old kindergarten start mid-August the year before your child’s year of attendance. Three-year-old programs are only offered after your kindergarten has confirmed their four-year-old group numbers to ensure there is space to provide a three-year-old-program.

Please note that Beaconsfield kindergartens do not offer a three-year-old program. Beaconsfield Community House offers a teacher-qualified program for three-year-olds. You will need to apply directly to Beaconsfield Community House to enrol in this program.

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