Register for kindergarten
- You can register your child for 3 year old and 4 year old kindergarten through our Kindergarten Central Registration.
- Registrations must be submitted by 30 June to be included in the first round of offers for the following year.
- A non-refundable fee of $27.50 per registration year must be paid by credit/debit card when you register online (non-transferable).
- If you think you may be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten funding, please call the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624 before registering online.
- You will need to include proof of birth when registering.
- Offers are sent by email (or mail) and you can accept your offer using the Central Registration Portal.
About our Kindergarten Central Registration process
We operate a Kindergarten Central Registration on behalf of community kindergartens within the Shire to:
- simplify the registration process for families
- support kindergarten Early Years Management Services
- apply an equitable and fair process for families seeking kindergarten places
- assist with informing Council’s early year’s services and infrastructure planning.
Cardinia Shire Council engages Early Years Management Service’s and Committees of Management’s to delivery and manage education and care services on Council’s behalf.
We don’t take registrations for all kindergartens
You can find a list of all kindergartens on the Department of Education and Training website.
Some private providers may also offer a funded program, but you will need to contact them directly for program and registration information.
Use our Central Registration portal to register
Our Central Registration portal is the easiest way to register for kindergarten.
Use the portal to:
- 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.
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Things to know before you register
Register for first round offers by 30 June
Registrations must be submitted by 30 June to be included in the first round of offers for the following year. Registrations made after 30 June will be processed in subsequent rounds.
Proof of Birth
Proof of birth is required when registering a child. One of the following documents must be provided to complete your registration:
- birth certificate
- a current Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR).
A non-refundable fee of $27.50 per registration year must be paid by credit/debit card when you register on the Central Registration Portal (non-transferable).
Please do not register on the Central Registration Portal if you think you may be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten funding. Instead, contact the Central Registration Officer 1300 787 624.
Early Start Kindergarten funding
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week.
The Department of Education and Training provides funding for eligible children to attend for the two years before school.
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
- or 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 4-year-old kindergarten as well.
If you think you may be eligible or Early Start Kindergarten funding, please call the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624 before using the online portal.
Find more information on the Early Start program at the Victorian Government website.
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 once you accept an offer
Offers are sent by email (or mail) and you can accept your offer using the Central Registration Portal.
Once you have received and accepted your offer, the kindergarten provider will contact you about the program and which days and hours are available. All questions should be directed to the kindergarten after you have received a placement.
Immunisation and kindergarten
Your kindergarten provider will ask you to provide your current Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) at the time of enrolment.
View more information on Victorian Government's No Jab, No Play legislation.