Our kindergarten programs

We process registrations for funded kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs at our community kindergartens in Cardinia Shire. 

Some private providers may also offer a funded program, but you will need to contact them directly for program and registration information. You can find providers on the Department of Education and Training website


Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week.

To be eligible, your child must be 3 years old by 30 April in the year they'll start kindergarten, and:

  • your child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred by them to Child FIRST).​

If your child has used Early Start they can get free or low cost funded kindergarten (previously known as '4-year-old kindergarten') as well. 

To enquire about Early Start kindergarten please contact us on 1300 787 624

Go to the Victorian Government website for info on the Early Start program

Get information on pre-kindergarten

Get information on funded kindergarten

Go to our offers and placements web page for information on:  

  • deadlines for registration or changing your preferences
  • dates that offers will be made for 2020 placements
  • how placements are decided

View kindergarten offers and placements information

Go to the 2019 kindergarten session timetable information 


  • addresses and contact details for our community kindergartens
  • a map featuring community kindergartens across Cardinia Shire. 

View list and map of our kindergartens

Register or accept an offer

Contact the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624 or mail@cardinia.vic.gov.au