Apply for kindergarten or accept an offer

Use our kindergarten portal to apply for funded kindergarten and pre-kindergarten places in our community kindergartens.

For a list of all community kindergartens in Cardinia Shire go to the List of kindergartens and child and family centres web page

To enrol, your child must be 4 on or before 30 April in the year they will start kindergarten.

When you apply, the online kindergarten portal will automatically select the correct year for your child, however, you can change this to a later year after the application has been submitted by contacting the Central Enrolment Officer on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au

  • A non-refundable fee of $27.50 per application year must be paid by credit/debit card when you apply (non-transferable). If you/your family have had prior contact with DHHS, Child First or Child Protection or you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you may be eligible for 2 years of free kindergarten starting at 3 years of age. Please do not apply online - contact the Central Enrolment Officer 1300 787 624 to enquire as you may not have to pay a fee. For further information go to the Department of Education website
  • Proof of birth is required when applying. Australian Government documentation such as a birth certificate, passport or immunisation history statement (download from Medicare Online) is preferred.
  • Applications must be submitted by 30 June to be included in the 1st round of offers for the following year.
  • Applications made after 30 June will be processed in subsequent rounds.
  • We will confirm your application within 10 business days.

Offers are sent by email (or mail) and you can accept your offer using our kindergarten portal.

Our online kindergarten portal is the easiest way to enrol for kindergarten. 

Use the portal to:

  • apply
  • respond to kindergarten offers
  • view, access and update enrolment information
  • change preferences (only before accepting an offer)
  • change year of attendance
  • withdraw applications
  • cancel applications.

Contact us on 1300 787 624 if you need help using the online portal. If you cannot upload proof of birth documentation to the portal, complete the application without the documentation and we will contact you.

If you are using an Apple device to access the Kindergarten portal, please open in Chrome or Firefox. The Kindergarten Portal is currently experiencing issues in Safari. We appreciate your understanding.

Apply for kindergarten online 

Kindergarten Central Registration Policy and Procedures

Contact our Kindergarten Central Enrolment Officer on 1300 787 624 or kindergartens@cardinia.vic.gov.au with any questions about enrolments or using the kindergarten portal.