Register for kindergarten
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- Council manages registrations for community kindergartens in Cardinia Shire.
- You can register your child for 3-year old and 4-year old kindergarten through our registration system.
- Registrations must be submitted by Friday 26 June to be included in the first round of offers for the following year.
- A non-refundable fee of $29 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 registration portal.
- The dates below were for kindergarten in 2021
- Key dates for kindergarten in 2022 will be posted here soon.
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:
- 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.
- 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 info before using the kindergarten portal
You need to provide 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).
- An admin fee of $29 per registration year (non refundable, non transferable) is payable by credit/debit card when you register.
- If you think you may be eligible or Early Start Kindergarten funding: It's important that you call the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624 before using the portal.
- If your status says 'Waitlisted': All 2022 and future years registered children have their status in the portal as 'Waitlisted' this is until we do our annual placement allocations in August and September.
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- If lots of people are trying to use the portal at the same time, you may have difficulties logging in. If so, please try again later. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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 kindergarten 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.
- After you've received a placement, you should direct your questions to the kindergarten.
Your kindergarten provider will ask you to provide your child's Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) at the time of enrolment. You can download the statement from Medicare by logging into MyGov
More info: Victorian Government - No Jab, No Play
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.
We engage Early Years Management Services and Committees of Management to deliver and manage education and care services on our behalf.