Kindergarten

We operate a central registration system for two years of funded kindergarten for three-year-old and four-year-old children at 14 community-based kindergartens in Glen Eira.

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Kindergarten programs are delivered in both long day care and standalone services.

You can choose what works best for your family and child — the kindergarten programs share the same learning outcomes. All funded kindergarten programs in Victoria are led by a qualified early childhood teacher and offer a play-based learning program based on the same government guidelines. You have the option of using privately managed children's services, early learning centres and schools.

Three-year-old kindergarten

From 2022, three-year-old children will be eligible to participate in five-hours per week of funded kindergarten. By 2029 eligible children will participate in 15 hours per week of funded kindergarten in the two-years prior to commencing school.

To register for three-year-old kindergarten in 2022, contact the kindergarten directly.

To register your child for three-year-old kindergarten at one of the 14 Community-based kindergartens complete an online application.

Four-year-old kindergarten

To register your child for four-year-old kindergarten at one of the 14 Community-based kindergartens listed below complete an online application

Participating Community-based kindergartens

Kindergarten Location Phone
Glen Bentleigh East Kindergarten  202 East Boundary Road, Bentleigh East 03 9570 5866
Glen Bentleigh Kindergarten 9 Higgins Road, Bentleigh 03 9570 5866
Bentleigh West Kindergarten 21 Patterson Road, Bentleigh 03 9557 8365
Glen Brady Road Kindergarten  84 Brady Road, Bentleigh East  03 9570 5866
Glen Carnegie Kindergarten 51A Truganini Road, Carnegie 03 9570 5866
Glen Caulfield Primary Kindergarten  724A Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South 03 9570 5866
Glen Caulfield South Kindergarten 1C Birch Street, Caulfield South 03 9570 5866
Glen Centre Road Kindergarten 850 Centre Road, Bentleigh East 03 9570 5866
Glen Glover Street Kindergarten 11 Glover Street, Bentleigh East  03 9570 5866
Glen McKinnon Kindergarten 220 McKinnon Road, McKinnon 03 9570 5866
Glen Murrumbeena Kindergarten 1A Blythe Street, Murrumbeena 03 9570 5866
Glen St Patrick’s Kindergarten 3A Dalny Road, Murrumbeena 03 9570 5866
Ormond Community Kindergarten Corner Grange and Oakleigh Roads, Ormond 03 9578 2605
Glen Orrong Road Kindergarten 55 Orrong Road, Elsternwick 03 9570 5866
Ripponlea Kindergarten Carrington Grove, St Kilda East  03 9527 4343

When should my child attend kindergarten?

Families with children born between 1 January and 30 April need to make an informed decision about which year they would like their child to commence school and therefore which year their child will attend a kindergarten program.

Three-year-old kindergarten

To be eligible to attend three-year-old kindergarten, your child must turn three by 30 April in the year they attend kindergarten.

Children accessing three-year-old kindergarten will transition to four-year-old kindergarten the following year. No children will be eligible for a second year of funded 3-year-old kindergarten. If children need a third year of kindergarten and meet the criteria, they will do this at the end of the 4-year-old kindergarten year, prior to the transition to school.

Four-year-old kindergarten

To be eligible to attend four-year-old kindergarten, your child must turn four years of age by 30 April in the year they attend kindergarten.

If you are unsure which year your child should attend kindergarten, talk to your local kindergarten educator, an educator in a long daycare centre or your Maternal and Child Health nurse.

Refer to the table below to guide as to which year your child should attend.

Before you register your child

We encourage your child to complete their Key Ages and Stages visits at a Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Your child must be vaccinated, and their immunisations recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register. To find out more visit Immunising your child

When to register your child

Date of birth Registrations open from 1 May Attend three-year-old Kindergarten Attend four-year-old Kindergarten
1 May 2018 to 30 April 2019 Open 2022 contact kindergarten directly 2023 complete online form
1 May 2019 to 30 April 2020 Open 2023 complete online form 2024 complete online form
1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021 1 May 2023 2024 2025

A separate registration needs to be completed for each child.

There is a $51.00 non-refundable registration fee and no charge for concession card holders when registering for both three and four-year-old kindergarten.

There is a $26.50 non-refundable registration fee and no charge for concession card holders when registering for four-year-old kindergarten only.

If you are unsure if you have previously registered contact us on 03 9524 3333.

How we make offers

Where there is pressure for places, priority will be given in accordance with the priority of access criteria in the Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme Policy. If the priority of access is based on live, work or study in Glen Eira, you may be required to provide evidence.

We follow the Department of Education and Training Priority of Access Criteria and give preference to children who:

Priority of access criteria first year (three-year-old kindergarten)

These criteria must be used when prioritising first year (three-year-old) registrations:

  1. The child’s situation:
    • Child at risk of abuse or neglect, including children in Out-of-Home Care
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
    • Asylum seeker and refugee children
    • Children eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
    • Children with additional needs, defined as children who:
      • Require additional assistance in order to fully participate in the kindergarten program
      • Require a combination of services which are individually planned
      • Have identified specific disability of developmental delay
  2. A child/ren of a resident of Glen Eira
  3. A child/ren of those who work or study in Glen Eira
  4. Date application is received by Council
  5. Any other child

Priority of access criteria second year (four-year-old kindergarten)

These criteria must be used when prioritising second year (four-year-old) registrations:

Children who are approved for a second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten

  1. The child’s situation:
    • Children at risk of abuse or neglect, including children in Out-of-Home Care
    • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
    • Asylum seeker and refugee children
    • Children eligible for Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
    • Children with additional needs, defined as children who
      • Require additional assistance in order to fully participate in the kindergarten program
      • Require a combination of services which are individually planned
      • Have identified specific disability or developmental delay
  2. A current three-year-old child registering for a place in a four-year-old program at the same service who live in Glen Eira
  3. A child/ren of a resident of Glen Eira
  4. Date application is received by Council
  5. A current three-year-old child registering for a place in a four-year old program at the same service, whose parent/carer works or studies in Glen Eira
  6. A current three-year-old child registering for a place in a four-year old program at the same service, who does not live, work or study in Glen Eira
  7. Any other child

How much does it cost? 

The government subsidises three and four-year-old kindergarten, all children are eligible for a funded program two years before they start school.

Each service sets its own fee and you should contact them individually for more information.

Are there places available?

There are still place available in 2022.

For three-year-old kindergarten contact the kindergartens directly.

For four-year-old kindergarten contact us on 03 9524 3333 for more information.

There are still places available for 2023.

For three and four-year-old kindergarten contact us on 03 9524 3333 for more information.

About kindergarten

Kindergarten is an important part of your child's development. To find out how to choose the right education and care options for your family, visit:

Apply or change your enrolment

Apply now using the button below. Or use the Change of Enrolment button to change your contact details, kindergarten preferences, or cancel your enrolment. 

If you change your kindergarten preference without a change of address, we will take the date you changed your preference as the date of registration. 

Kindergarten Victorian Government Approved

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