Register for kindergarten
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update - Kindergarten services
- Funded 4-year-old kindergarten across Cardinia Shire will be free for Term 2 (from Tuesday 14 April), however timetables may have changed slightly. You should have received information about this from your kindergarten provider - if not, please get in touch with your kindergarten provider directly
- Our kindergarten providers continue to offer 3-year-old kindergarten. The following providers are offering it at no cost to families during Term 2: bestchance services, Beaconsfield kindergartens, Gembrook Preschool and Cockatoo Kindergarten. Programs may be delivered a little bit differently than usual, so please get in contact with your kindergarten provider directly for more information.
- If you would like to register your child for kindergarten for 2020, please go to the Register for kindergarten web page and use the online registration portal.
- 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 $28.20 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.
Register online (using the registration portal)
Our online 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.
Things to know before you register
Eligible for Early Start?
Please do not register using the online portal if you think you may be eligible for Early Start Kindergarten funding. Instead, contact the Central Registration Officer on 1300 787 624
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).
$28.20 per registration year (non refundable, non transferable) must be paid by credit/debit card when you register on the online registration portal.
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.
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.
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.