Coronavirus update 13 March 2020

COVID-19 restrictions: what's closed and what's open.

Some of our services may be closed or have different hours for the public holiday on Friday 23 October.

We allocate places in kindergartens that are part of the central enrolment scheme administered by Council according to the preferences you nominate in your application and according to the criteria below.  

3-year-old kindergarten

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Residency and proximity: Boroondara residents who apply to their closest member kindergarten.
  5. Residency: All other residents of Boroondara
  6. a) Non-Boroondara residents verified as high priority children
    b) All other non residents

4-year-old kindergarten 

While generally all children applying to the 4-year-old kindergarten program in Boroondara receive a place by the end of the allocation process, we cannot guarantee to place your child in your preferred kindergarten.

  1. High Priority children: 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, asylum seeker and refugee children and children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.
  2. Repeats: Children currently enrolled at the kindergarten who have received funding for a second year of 4 year old kindergarten are placed at the same kindergarten.
  3. 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 to BKCES on or before 30 April.
  4. 3-year-olds: Children who have attended and completed the 3-year-old program at the Member Kindergarten in the previous year, and have applied for the 4 year old program at the same kindergarten.
  5. 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.
  6. Residency and proximity: Boroondara residents who apply to their closest BKCES Member Kindergarten.
  7. Residency: All other residents of Boroondara
  8. a) Non-Boroondara residents verified as high priority children.
    b) All other non residents

Note: Auburn South PreschoolEstrella Preschool and Cara Armstrong Kindergarten have variations to the criteria. Please refer to their individual kindergarten webpages to check which criteria apply.

Detailed Enrolment Policy

For more detailed information on the kindergarten enrolment policy, download the BKCES Enrolment Policy below.

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