3-year-old kindergarten is an optional early childhood learning program.
Research shows that play-based learning supports children’s development and that two years are better than one when it comes to early learning. Learn more about the benefits of 3-year-old kindergarten.
When to start 3-year-old kindergarten
Each child is different and we recommend carefully considering your child’s readiness before they start the 3-year-old program as this may have a flow on effect for when they start school.
Most kindergartens require your child to be 3 years of age before they start attending kindergarten.
If your child turns 3 after the start of term you may still need to to pay the full term fees to hold their place.
If you are applying for a kindergarten that is a member of the central enrolment scheme, we recommend that you apply for the first year your child is eligible. Once offered, you can defer your place if you decide to wait until the following year.
How much does 3-year-old kindergarten cost?
Kindergartens set their own fees, which may include a fee to secure you child's place in kindergarten.
The Victorian Government is rolling out funding for 3-year-kindergarten to make fees lower for parents. Five hours of funded 3-year-old-kindergarten is set to commence in Boroondara in 2022.
Find more about kindergarten fees and subsidies.
The Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme
Most stand-alone, sessional kindergartens in Boroondara are members of the central enrolment scheme administered by Council.
Demand is high for 3-year-old places in some kindergartens in Boroondara and we cannot guarantee to place your child in your preferred kindergarten. That is why we ask you to nominate up to 5 preferences when you submit your application.
How we allocate places
We allocate places according to the preferences you nominate in your application and according to the criteria below.
- High priority children: This includes children: at risk of abuse or neglect including children in Out-of-Home Care, children who are identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, children with additional needs who require additional assistance to participate in kindergarten, require a combination of services which are individually planned and/or have an identified specific disability or developmental delay, and asylum seeker and refugee children.
- Deferrals: Children who were eligible to attend a 3-year-old program at the member kindergarten in the previous year but deferred or withdrew from the program in writing on or before 30 April.
- Siblings: Children who had a sibling attend and complete the 3-year-old or 4-year-old program at the same kindergarten, within a 5 year timeframe.
- Residency and proximity: Boroondara residents who apply to their closest member kindergarten.
- Residency: All other residents of Boroondara
- a) Non-Boroondara residents verified as high priority children
b) All other non residents
For more detailed information on kindergarten enrolments, download the BKCES Enrolment Policy below.