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 disadvantaged, the date you apply does not affect how we allocate 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 the school dates in Victoria on the Victorian Government website.

When to start kindergarten

If you are enrolling your child in 2 years of kindergarten before starting school, your child must be 3 years of age on or before 30 April to attend 3-year-old kindergarten in that year. Most kindergartens will require your child to be 3 years of age before they start attending kindergarten.

If you choose to only enrol your child in 4-year-old kindergarten, it is best that they attend the year before they start school.

Some children have a choice about what year to start kindergarten. Read our when to start kindergarten information on our What is Kindergarten? page to assist your decision.

Remember important dates

Plan ahead and find out when your child can start kindergarten.

How to apply

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 on our Find a Kindergarten page.
  • You can find details for central enrolment kindergartens on our Member kindergartens page, 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. You can find open day details on our Open days for kindergartens page.

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 children will be offered a kindergarten place by the end of the allocation process.

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.

Apply for kindergarten

Enrolment fees

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).

  • $28 ($0 concession) for 3-year-old or 4-year-old kindergarten place*
  • $56 ($0 concession) for 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten place*

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email with a confirmation letter attached.

Late applications

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.

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. For changes after this time contact Central Enrolments at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4444 as late changes will move your child’s application to the waiting list.

Change your contact details

You can update your contact details by logging in to your central enrolment account.

If we can't contact you using the details you provide, we may withdraw your application.

Special consideration

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 (03) 9278 4444.

Applications for special consideration are assessed by our Children, Young People and Families team.

Find out more on our Assistance for children with additional needs page.

Enrolment policy

Find out how we allocate places in kindergarten on our How kindergarten places are allocated page, or for more detailed information, download the BKCES Enrolment Policy below.

Contact us

For further information contact us at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4444.

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