We manage the central application process for sessional kindergarten programs in the City of Whittlesea. This includes three and four-year-old programs at 43 kindergartens across City of Whittlesea. View a list of these kindergartens below.
From 2023 onwards, the Victorian State Government has announced that kindergarten will free for all three and four year old children.
This is a big change and so we are working with kindergarten providers to cater for your family’s needs and manage capacity across our centres. This means three-year-old kindergarten hours will vary at different kindergartens, providing families with between 5 and 15 hours each week.
Contact your local kindergartens or check their websites for timetables from October onwards. Most childcare centres also offer kindergarten programs, contact your local centre for details.
Kindergarten (also called preschool) is an educational program for children delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the two years before they start school.
Kindergarten is for all children. If your child has a disability or learning difficulty (requires support to access kindergarten), the educators will talk with you about how the program and environment can support your child.
Research shows that kindergarten improves children’s health and wellbeing and helps them to develop strong social skills and encourage a love of learning.
Children who go to a kindergarten program are more independent and confident and more likely to make a smooth transition to primary school.
Some kindergartens run as a stand-alone service and others are through child care centres or on school sites.
Three and four-year-old kindergarten is subsidised by the Victorian State Government to allow all children to attend for free.
You can apply for 3 & 4 year old kindergarten using either the online form or by downloading the application form below.
You will be required to provide the following information:
If you are applying for 3 year or 4 year old kindergarten please nominate the three kindergartens in order of preference for both kindergarten years
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 Kindergarten team on 9217 2170. You are welcome to contact the Interpreting Service 131 450.
Apply for kindergarten:
Your child must turn three by 30 April in the year of attendance.
Your child must turn four by 30 April in the year of attendance.
If your child was born between January and April you can choose which year to enrol your child: Either the year they become eligible or the year after.
|Three-year-old kindergarten||Four-year-old kindergarten|
|Date of birth range||Year of attendance||Year of attendance||Applications open|
|1 May 2018 –
30 April 2019
|1 May 2019 –
30 April 2020
|1 May 2020 –
30 April 2021
|2024||2025||1 February 2023|
1 May 2021 -
|2025||2026||1 February 2024|
Kindergartens host an information events each year, providing an opportunity to speak to kindergarten teachers and learn about the quality programs on offer throughout the municipality.
In 2023 there will be 2 options for kindergartens to open on one or both of the following dates:
Thursday 2nd March 5.30pm -7.30pm
Saturday 4th March 9.30am -11.30am
For any enquiries please contact your local kindergartens directly or you may view their websites.
Applications open on 1 February each year, one year before three-year-old program attendance and two years before four-year-old kindergarten attendance. Please refer to the table above for guidance.
Apply by 30 June in the year before your child attends kindergarten to be considered in the first round offers. Any applications received after this date will be accepted and processed later in the year. Kindergarten placement offers will be made via email or mail starting in the months of July and August in the year before your child is due to attend. Offers will continue to be made after this date as applications are received.
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 visit here
A parent web portal is 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.
If you don't have this number, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9404 8825.
Applications are processed according to the priority of access guidelines set by the Department of Education and Training (DET). Beyond these priorities, offers are made according to the date of application. The kindergarten placement offers are sent via email or mail starting from 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.
We do try to offer your preferred kindergarten placement however due to demand this is not always possible.
You may choose to stay on a waiting list instead of accepting an alternative kindergarten placement. Places may become available later at your preferred kindergarten due to deferments, cancellations and changes of preferences.
If you have received a placement offer you can respond to the offer online using the parent web portal or, alternatively, you can return the printed form by email or mail.
After you accept the 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 which will be shown on letters you have previously received.
If you do not have your child’s application ID, phone 9404 8825.
Alternatively, email your request to change or cancel your child's application to email@example.com.
You can defer your application to the following year online using the parent web portal. You will require your child's application ID which will be shown on letters you have previously received.
If you do not have your child’s application ID, phone 9404 8825.
Alternatively, email your request to defer your child's application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your child's application can only be deferred before they start attending kindergarten.
City of Whittlesea handles central applications for more than 40 kindergartens and you can nominate your child to attend any one of these. We encourage you to contact any kindergarten you are interested in.
Information about programs, session times and fees are available from each kindergartens' website or by contacting them directly.
Kindergartens in the City of Whittlesea are managed by volunteer parent management committees, schools or professional early childhood organisations.
Management bodies are registered with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and monitored regularly to ensure quality and standards are maintained and funding conditions are met.
City of Whittlesea’s role is to:
For more information on the management of local kindergartens, please refer to our Kindergarten Central Application Scheme Policy and Procedures.