Register for kindergarten or accept an offer
- Council manages registrations for community kindergartens in Cardinia Shire.
- You can register your child for 3-year old and 4-year old kindergarten using the online kindergarten portal on this page.
- Please note the schedule of important dates below regarding kindergarten 2022, including when the draft timetable will be released, registration deadline, and when 1st and 2nd round offers will be made. Registrations must be submitted by Wednesday 30 June 2021 to be included in the 1st round of offers for 2022.
- You'll receive your placement offer by email or in the post. Please accept your offer using the online portal.
Kindergarten 2022 - important dates
From Monday 17 May 2021
All registered families for the upcoming 2022 kindergarten year will receive a reminder email to check their registration information including contact details and the selection of timetable preferences (a minimum of three preferences are required).
30 June 2021
Final date Council can receive new registrations or any changes to existing registrations to be eligible for first round offers.
From Monday 2 August 2021
First round offers for 4-year-old kindergarten will be sent to families.
From Monday 16 August 2021
Second round offers for 4-year-old kindergarten (including changes received after 30 June) will be sent to families on an ongoing basis.
From Monday 6 September 2021
First round offers for 3-year-old kindergarten will be sent to families.
From Monday 20 September 2021
Second round offers for 3-year-old kindergarten (including changes received after 30 June) will be sent to families on an ongoing basis.
From October 2021
All remaining offers will be sent to families on an ongoing basis.
15 hours of free or low cost kindergarten for eligible families
The Department of Education and Training provides funding for eligible children to attend for the 2 years before school.
To be eligible, your child must be 3 years old by 30 April in the year they'll start kindergarten, and:
- identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, OR
- be from a family that has had contact with Child Protection, OR
- be a refugee and/or asylum seeker (this eligibility criteria is new in 2021)
If you think you may be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten funding, please call the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624 BEFORE using the kindergarten portal.
Register for kindergarten or accept an offer
Use the portal to:
- register your child for kindergarten
- respond to kindergarten offers
- view, access and update registration information
- change preferences (only before accepting an offer)
- change year of attendance
- withdraw registrations
- cancel registrations
Important information - What you need to know before using the portal
If your status says 'Waitlisted'
All children registered for 2022 and beyond will be listed as 'Waitlisted' in the portal. This will change when we do kindergarten placements during August and September this year.
You may have trouble logging in
If a large number of people are trying to use the portal at the same time. you might have trouble logging in. Please try again later. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Issues with Safari browser
The portal is currently experiencing issues in Safari. If you are using an Apple device to access the Kindergarten portal, please open in Chrome or Firefox. We appreciate your understanding.
If you're registering a child
An admin fee of $29 per registration year (non refundable, non transferable) is payable by credit/debit card when you register.
Proof of birth needed if you're registering a child
You need to provide proof of birth by attaching one of the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- Current Immunisation History Statement. This is mailed to you, but you can also get it straight away online via:
- your Medicare online account through myGov
the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
How placements are decided
There will always be enough kindergarten places across all the kindergartens in Cardinia Shire. We work with the kindergartens and the Victorian Government to make sure there are enough facilities and places to cater for demand.
If there is a high demand for first preference places at a particular program, priority is given to:
- children with additional needs
- children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background
- children from families with asylum seeker and refugee visas
- priority children (as identified in the Victorian Government Kindergarten Guide)
- children attending four year old kindergarten for a 2nd year
- children who deferred the previous year.
Additional consideration is given to:
- families applying to their local community kindergarten
- Cardinia Shire residents and ratepayres
- families with other siblings who have attended, or who have another connection to the kindergarten (such as a parent on the committee, or a parent who attended the kindergarten).
What happens after you accept an offer
- Offers are sent by email or post. Please accept your offer using the kindergarten portal
- After you've received a placement, please contact your kindergarten directly with any questions.
- Once you've accepted the offer, the kindergarten provider will contact you about the program and which days and hours are available.
- Your kindergarten provider will also ask you to provide your child's immunisation history statement
Immunisations before your child starts kindergarten
All parents/guardians planning to enrol their child at childcare or kindergarten in Victoria must provide the service with a current immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
The statement must show that the child is up to date with all vaccinations that are due for their age, or that they are able to receive.
How to get your child's immunisation history statement
It's sent to you: The statement is mailed to you after your child gets their final immunisation boosters at 4 years.
Online: You can also get your immunisation history statement straight away using either:
Request to have it mailed to you: You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask them to send your immunisation history statement to you.
Benefits of our central registration process
- Simplifies the registration process for families
- Supports kindergarten Early Years Management Services
- Creates an equitable and fair process for kindergarten placement
- Helps to shape our early year’s services and infrastructure planning.