Kindergarten

 

Apply for Kindergarten

Step 1.Complete your Kindergarten Registration Online

A non-refundable $17.50 fee applies for each application (this only applies for non-concession card holders)

Please Note: You will need to complete a separate registration form for each child in your care (e.g., twins).

Step 2.Nominate Three Kindergartens

You will be required to nominate three kindergarten preferences as part of your application. Please try to choose kindergartens that you would be happy to accept a place at. You are welcome to contact any kindergarten you are interested in to arrange for a tour to help you decide which one will best suit you and your child.

Step 3.Prepare supporting documents

To complete your application you will need:

  • Proof of child's birth. Please provide one of the following:
    • A copy of the child's birth certificate
    • A copy of the child's passport
    • An Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from the Services Australia website
  • Proof of residence in Hume. Please provide one of the following:
    • A copy of your current driver's license
    • A copy of rates notice
    • A copy of any utility bill.

Complete the Online Kindergarten Registration Form

Expressions of Interest

Kindergarten Expressions of Interest

Registrations for Kindergarten are always open.  You are welcome to complete an Expression of Interest for a future kindergarten placement for your child if they are not yet eligible for kindergarten.

Refer to the table below to check your child's eligibility:

 3YO Year of Attendance 4YO Year of Attendance Date of Birth Between
2023 2024 01/05/2019 and 30/04/2020
2024 2025 01/05/2020 and 30/04/2021
2025 2026 01/05/2020 and 30/04/2022

 

If you complete and Expression of Interest, you will be kept up to date with kindergarten information and be notified when the application process opens for your child's enrolment year.

Complete the Expression of Interest Form

Kindergarten Timetables

Timetables are subject to change. Sessions may be adjusted or cancelled due to demand, operational requirements, or changes to government funding.

Three-year-old Kindergarten timetables(PDF, 412KB)

Four-year-old Kindergarten timetables(PDF, 306KB)

Important information

  • Three-year-old sessions will be delivered as either 7.5 hours per week or 15 hours per week.
  • Families are asked to only select session locations and times that you are willing to attend.
  • Some kindergartens will allocate children to groups - in these instances they are noted as 'sessions' rather than days and times. Planned session times have been included in the timetable document for your information.
  • Updating preferences will not change your initial registration date recorded on the system.

 

The Victorian Government is introducing funded three year old kindergarten. This will mean an extra year of learning, playing and making friends for all Victorian children.

Just like with four year old kindergarten, three year old kindergarten programs will be tailored to meet the needs of children. Three-year-old kindergarten will be led by qualified teachers and will support children’s lifelong learning through play-based programs.

Research shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one and taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age, increases children’s learning, development, health, and wellbeing. It also benefits vulnerable children who may need extra support to achieve better developmental outcomes.

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin three year old kindergarten in the year they turn three years of age.

Children are not able to commence three-year-old kindergarten until they turn three years of age. If a place is offered and accepted the place will be on hold until your child is eligible to commence kindergarten.

Four-year-old kindergarten

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin four year old kindergarten in the year they turn four years of age. 

Deciding when your child should start kindergarten

Children are encouraged to start kindergarten when they are 3 years of age. Visit the Victorian Government website to determine what year your child can start kindergarten. Registrations for kindergarten open on 1 March two years prior to your child's year of attendance.  To find out more, contact Council on 03 9205 2538 or email kindergarten@hume.vic.gov.au.

Kinder Tick Logo

 

The Kinder Tick helps Victorian families find a funded kindergarten program for their children.  All Council run preschools provide a funded preschool program.  When you see the Kinder Tick at our services, you can be confident that:

  • The program is led by a qualified early childhood teacher
  • Children will benefit from play-based learning
  • The preschool program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • The program complies with government guidelines and the National Quality Framework. 

Applications open on the first business day in March each year, two years before the year of attendance.

Your child must turn three or four years of age by 30 April in the year of attendance.  Please refer to the table below for the eligibility criteria based on your child's date of birth:

Year of Attendance

Three-Year-Old

Year of Attendance

Four-Year-Old

Date of Birth
2023 2024 Between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020
2024 2025 Between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021
2025 2026  Between 1 May 2021 and 30 April 2022 

 

Alternatively, the Victorian Government has created a calculator tool that you can use to determine when your child can start kindergarten.  Simply enter your child's date of birth.  You can access the tool by visiting the Victorian Government website.

Please refer to the Kindergarten Enrolment Policy(PDF, 303KB) for more information on eligibility or call 03 9205 2538.  

Some children are eligible for a second year of funded preschool. Find out more by visiting the Department of Education and Training website.

             2022 Three-Year-Old                           2022 Four-Year-Old             
 Kindergarten  Kindergarten
   
$133 per term  $399 per term
   

* No fees are applicable for kindergarten in 2023.

Term fees are non refundable and no pro rata fees are applicable.

If you hold an eligible concession card, you may not be required to pay the application fee and/or term fee for the time you hold a current and valid card and a copy is provided to Council.

Should the card expire during any part of the child’s kindergarten year, it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to produce another valid card or visa status, otherwise full fees are payable.  A copy of the card or visa must be provided.

Eligible Card Types:

  • Health Care Card
  • Pension Concession Card
  • Department of Veteran Affairs Gold/White Card
  • Refugee and Special Humanitarian Visas 200-204
  • Humanitarian Visa 786 or Protection Visa 866
  • Bridging Visa for Refugee/Asylum Seekers
  • ImmiCard
  • Humanitarian Stay Visa 449
  • Temporary Protection Visa 785
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa 790

 

Council's preferred method of payment of fees is by Direct Debit.  Please complete online Direct Debit Arrangement Form. 

Alternatively, you can download the Direct Debit(PDF, 4MB)  form to complete electronically or manually, and submit to Council via email at preschoolaccounts@hume.vic.gov.au or in person at our Customer Service Centres.

In order to be considered in the initial kindergarten placement intake (end of August)**, your application must be submitted by 30 June in the year before your child attends kindergarten. Any applications received after this date will be processed throughout the year. 

Offers will be made by email or mail. Offers are made based on date of application and Priority of Access.

If you are applying two years in advance, you will be offered a place by the end of August in the year prior to your child’s attendance. For example, if you have applied for your child to attend in the 2023 kindergarten year, you will be offered a place in August 2022.

If you are offered a place you will have two weeks to accept and respond.

If there are no places available at your preferred kindergarten, we will let you know of places available at other kindergartens. You may choose one of them or remain on a waiting list. 

If you have received a placement offer for your child, please complete the online offer acceptance.  If you have queries regarding the offer, please contact kindergarten@hume.vic.gov.au.

To make changes or cancel your child's application, you may complete the Change, Defer or Cancel your Application/Placement form online. 

For any changes to program preferences submitted by 30 June in the year before attendance, the original registration date will be retained.

Changes to preferences submitted after 30 June in the year before attendance will result in a new registration date.

If your concession card details have changed, please complete the Update your Concession Card Details form online and attach a copy of your current, valid concession card.

Your concession card must be valid in order to be eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.

You can defer your child’s application to the following year by completing the Change, Defer or Cancel your Application/Placement form online.

A deferral can only be submitted where a kindergarten placement offer was made or accepted, and the child has already attended in Term 1.  Please refer to the Kindergarten Enrolment Policy(PDF, 303KB) for more information or call 03 9205 2538.

In addition to Council-run kindergartens, Council also assists some non-Council run kindergartens with registrations. You can choose non-Council run kindergartens as preferences in your application. Information about non-Council run kindergartens, session times and fees are available from each kindergarten directly.

We encourage you to visit any kindergarten you are interested in. You can contact the kindergarten to make an appointment to speak with an educator.

You can find the closest centre in Hume to your home or work by using the 'Find a Kinder Program' map on the Victorian State Government website.

Find your nearest centre

What is Early Start Kindergarten?

Early Start Kindergarten (ESK) provides up to 15 hours of free or low cost kindergarten per week to eligible three-year-old children in a four-year-old kindergarten setting, where programs are offered by a qualified teacher.

Is my child eligible?

To be eligible, your child must be three years old by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be from a refugee or asylum seeker background
  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Your family has had contact with Child Protection

 

How do I register my child?

To register, please complete the Online Kindergarten Registration form and attach your supporting documentation.  

Complete the Online Kindergarten Registration Form

 

Council has Preschool Field Officers (PSFO) who provide support to children with additional needs, their families and kindergarten staff, to ensure they are included in kindergarten. The Preschool Field Officer can be contacted by calling:

0408 066 2250417 874 109 or 0419 573 781

Alternatively, you can reach them by email at PSFOteam@hume.vic.gov.au

For information on how PSFO's and educators support children with additional needs, you can view the Supporting Children with Additional Needs Guide.(PDF, 4MB)

Kindergarten Open Night

Kindergarten open nights are held early in Term 1 each year. 

For a kindergarten tour outside of the kindergarten open night, you can contact a kindergarten you're interested in directly.

Applications Open

Kindergarten applications open on the first business day in March each year, two years before the year of attendance.

Under the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation that came into force on 1 January 2016, children are required to be fully vaccinated for their age before they can be enrolled in any kindergarten program.

Documentation is required by your child’s kindergarten confirming that your child is fully immunised, is on a vaccination catch-up program or is unable to be fully immunised for medical reasons.