We manage the central application process for children attending 4 year old kindergarten programs in the City of Whittlesea.
4-year-old kindergarten is a 1 year education program for children the year before they start school. Children attend for 15 hours per week, which can be spread across 2 or more days.
Most child care centres also offer a kindergarten program within a long day care setting.
4-year-old kindergarten is subsidised by the Victorian State Government to keep fees low and allow all children to attend.
Please note: at this point in time we do not accept applications for 3-year-old kindergarten. To register your child please apply directly with your chosen kindergarten.
1. Apply using our new online form.
Alternatively, you can download the application form below.
2. Fill in your child's details and nominate 3 kindergartens in order of preference
3. Provide the following supporting documents:
4. Apply online or submit your completed application form by:
Details will become available for next year’s open night closer to the date. In the meantime, contact your local kindergarten directly or check the website regularly.
Some children are eligible for a second year of funded kindergarten. Find out more by visiting the Department of Education and Training website.
A parent web portal is now available for you to view and modify your child’s kindergarten application. To log in enter your child’s first given name and surname as well as their date of birth and application ID.
The application ID, also known as enrolment number, will be shown on any letters you have received from us previously.
If you don’t have this number, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 9217 2170.
We process applications in the order we receive them, after placing priority of access children. We then make you an offer for your child’s kindergarten placement via email or mail starting in the months of July and August in the year prior to your child attending. Offers will continue to be made after this date as new applications are processed and other vacancies become available.
If you don’t receive a first round offer, your child will still be offered a place at one of our kindergartens.
You may choose to stay on a waiting list instead of accepting an alternative kindergarten placement. Deferments, cancellations and change of preferences can open more spaces at your preferred kindergarten.
If you have received a placement offer you can respond to our offer online using the parent web portal.
Alternatively, return your printed form by email or mail.
After you accept our placement offer, you will be contacted by the kindergarten management about session times and fees.
Under the 'No Jab, No Play' legislation you will need to provide documentation/evidence regarding immunisation directly to the kindergarten to confirm your child’s enrollment.
Council does not require this evidence for your kindergarten application.
Log in to the parent web portal to modify your child’s application instantly. You will require your child's application ID (enrolment number) which will be shown on letters you have previously received.
If you do not have your child’s application ID (enrolment number), phone 9404 8825.
Alternatively, email your request to change or cancel your child's application to email@example.com
Or download a Change of Information Form below
You can defer your application to the following year online using the parent web portal.
If you do not have your child's application ID/enrolment number email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Kindergarten deferment form below.
Your child's application can only be deferred before they start attending kindergarten.
There are 35 kindergartens in the City of Whittlesea, and you can nominate your child to attend any one of these.
Information about programs, session times and fees are available from each kindergarten and is often displayed on kindergarten noticeboards.
We encourage you to visit any kindergarten which you are interested in. However, you should first book an appointment so that the teacher can make time to speak with you personally.
Kindergartens are managed by volunteer parent management committees, elected each year at an Annual General Meeting, or by professional early childhood organisations.
Committees are registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET), and monitored regularly to ensure standards are maintained and funding conditions are met.
Our role is to:
For more information on the management of local kindergartens, please refer to our Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme Policy.