To apply for a place in a kindergarten that is a member of the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) follow this 3-step process.
- Choose up to 5 preferred member kindergartens.
- Complete the central enrolment application online.
- Receive and confirm your offer.
Note: We ask you to nominate 5 preferences because we may not be able to place your child in your first choice kindergarten program. Generally all 4-year-old children will be offered a kindergarten place by the end of the allocation process.
When to apply
You can apply for a kindergarten place anytime after your child turns 2.
To ensure children born later in the year will not be disadvatntaged, the date you apply does not have any affect on how we allocated places. Applications received after the closing date are an exception to this.
Applications close at the end of term 2 in the year before your child starts. This is usually the last week of June. See school dates in Victoria.
Applications for kindergarten are accepted year round. Applications for the following year made after the central enrolment closing date may be placed on kindergarten waiting lists. The full selection criteria does not apply for late applications.
Applications meeting high priority criteria submitted after the closing date are considered on a case by case basis.
Step 1: Choose your preferred kindergarten
In your online application, you can nominate up to 5 preferences. You need to supply preferences for both the kindergarten and the specific sessions you want to attend.
- Find a kindergarten in Boroondara to suit you using our searchable map.
- You can find details for central enrolment kindergartens on our website, including their session times, fees, facilities, programs, policies and options for extended care. Make a note of your selections.
- Arrange a time to visit the kindergarten or attend their open day.
To apply for a place at a kindergarten in Boroondara that is not part of the central enrolment scheme, visit our Find a Kindergarten map for kindergarten details and contact the centre directly.
Step 2: Complete the central enrolment application online
If this is the first time you've applied for a member kindergarten place in Boroondara, you will need to register your details with us. That way we can keep you up to date with your application progress and you can manage your application online.
You need to pay a non-refundable fee when you submit your application. If you qualify for the kindergarten fee subsidy, then you pay the concession rate ($0).
- $27.50 ($0 concession) for 3-year-old or 4-year-old kindergarten place*
- $55 ($0 concession) for 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten place*
Step 3: Confirm your acceptance of a place
By late July, you'll receive an email with either a kindergarten offer or your child's position on the waiting list.
Further offers are made as positions become available until all kindergarten places are allocated.
You will need to log in to your central enrolment account and confirm your acceptance of the offer before the due date.
The kindergarten will contact you about fees and commencement dates. You will need to pay a deposit to the kindergarten to secure your child's place. Some kindergartens don't require this.
Note: If you have an eligible concession card you will need to show this to the kindergarten to claim the reduced fee.
Making changes to your application
Change your preferences
You can update your preferences after you submit your application by logging in to your central enrolment account.
Changing preferences must be completed by the end of term 2 in the year before your child starts kindergarten, or your application may be placed on the waiting list.
Change your contact details
If we can't contact you using the details you provide, we may withdraw your application.
Your application may be given a higher priority if your family has circumstances such as disability or illness. You can apply for special consideration when you submit your enrolment application online. You'll need to provide supporting documentation from a medical practitioner, health care worker or specialist.
If you've already submitted an enrolment application and would like to apply for special consideration, please call Central Enrolments on 9278 4444.
Applications for special consideration are assessed by our Children, Young People and Families team.
Find out more about assistance for children with additional needs.
Find out how we allocate places in kindergarten, or for more detailed information, download the BKCES Enrolment Policy below.