From 2022, as part of the State Government's Kindergarten Reform, every Victorian three-year-old child will be able to access a minimum of five hours per week of funded three-year-old kindergarten, progressively scaling up to 15 hours per week by 2029.
Research shows that quality play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning and development. The benefits last into the school years and beyond.
The City of Whittlesea is committed to supporting the community in accessing quality education services and is working in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the services to plan for the funded three-year-old Kindergarten programs to commence in 2022.
Council is not a manager of kindergarten services in Whittlesea however it does manage the Kindergartens Central Application Scheme.
When and how will I apply for 3 year old kindergarten?
For 2022 - Applications are now open for 3 year old funded kindergarten
If you speak a language other than English and would like assistance to apply for kindergarten, or to find out more information, please contact Council’s Early Years team on 9217 2170. You are welcome to contact the Interpreting Service 131 450
Your child needs to turn three to commence Three-Year-old kindergarten before the 30 April. There are a few things you may need to consider when making the decision to commence kindergarten. For Date of Birth Range see the table below.
For more information on when to start Three-Year-Old Kindergarten visit: Give your child the best start | Victorian Government
Are you eligible to pay no or low fees?
Most kindergarten program fees are partly paid by the Victorian Government directly to the kindergarten. This allows children to access up to 15 hours a week of funded kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.
Families can access a sessional kindergarten service at low or no cost if the child:
For more information visit: How much kindergarten costs via education.vic.gov.au
The following table provides a quick reference for application details:
|Date of birth range||Three-year-old kindergarten||Four-year-old kindergarten||Applications open|
||Year of attendance||Apply via||Year of attendance||Apply via|
|1 May 2016 –
30 April 2017
|N/A||N/A||2021||City of Whittlesea||Now|
|1 May 2017 –
30 April 2018
|2021||Direct with kindergarten||2022||City of Whittlesea||Now|
|1 May 2018 –
30 April 2019
|2022||City of Whittlesea||2023||City of Whittlesea||Now|
|1 May 2019 –
30 April 2020
|2023||City of Whittlesea||2024||City of Whittlesea||1 Feb 2022|
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week for two years before starting school.
To be eligible, your child must be three by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten, and:
For more information about Early Start Kindergarten visit Early Start Kindergarten via education.vic.gov.au
The Department of Education and Training website.