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Applications for 2021 kindergarten registration now open

Published: 4 March 2020

Families in Cardinia Shire are encouraged to register for 2021 kindergarten places by 5pm, Friday 26 June 2020, for first round offers.

Kindergarten is a play-based learning program that builds children’s confidence, enhances their social and language skills, expands their physical abilities and prepares them for schooling. In Cardinia Shire, Council provides a central registration service for both three-year-old and four-year-old community kindergarten programs offered in its facilities.

Research shows more time at kindergarten prepares children for success at school and has a positive impact later in life. Kindergarten is an essential part of social and personal development for children, and assists in developing language skills, problem solving abilities, self-confidence and more.

The four-year-old kindergarten program is partially funded by the Victorian Government for up to 15-hours per week for eligible children who are four years-old on or before 30 April in the year they attend kindergarten. Additionally, other subsidies may be available depending on different criteria.

The three-year-old kindergarten program is not currently government funded and usually only includes sessions up to six hours per week. To register in a three-year-old program the child needs to have turned three years old by the time they will start the program.

Cardinia Shire parents can easily complete the application process online using Council’s central registration portal found at kindergarten.cardinia.vic.gov.au.

The portal provides parents with a step-by-step process and all the information they’ll need to prepare for kindergarten, including information about the programs, key dates and the available community kindergartens.

First round offers for four-year-old kindergarten in 2021 will be emailed to parents from Monday 6 July 2020. Any registrations received after 5pm on Friday 26 June 2020 will be processed in later rounds and throughout the year as places become available or as required.

Cardinia Shire Council will email first round offers for families for the 2021 three-year-old kindergarten places from Monday 3 August 2020.

For more information about kindergarten registration, visit Council’s website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/kindergarten or call the Central Registration team on 1300 787 624.