The government provides funds directly to kindergartens in order to keep fees low for parents.
Kindergartens charge fees to help to meet the costs associated with delivering a high quality early childhood education.
Fees are set by individual kindergartens and depend on things like how many hours your child attends and whether there are extra costs such as excursions.
Many kindergartens also ask for a small fee to secure a child’s place in the program.
Kindergartens set their own fees, which may include a fee to secure you child's place in kindergarten.
Roll out of funded 3-year-old kindergarten
The Victorian Government is rolling out funding for 3-year-kindergarten. This includes:
- 5 hours of funded 3-year-old-kindergarten in 2022
- Between 2023 and 2029 the funded hours will vary from 5 to 15 hours.
Find out more about the Victorian Government's plans for 3-year-old kindergarten.
Funding is provided for children to attend a kindergarten program at one kindergarten. If children attend multiple programs, only one kindergarten will receive the funding.
Families can access a sessional kindergarten service at low or no cost if the child:
- is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- is a triplet or quadruplet
- is covered by a Health Care Card or other eligible concession card
- holds a refugee, humanitarian or asylum seeker visa, or their parent or guardian does.
In 2021, some kindergartens and long day care services will take part in the Victorian Government’s free kinder program. This means free kinder programs for most four-year olds and reduced fees for eligible three-year olds.
Learn more about the free kinder program, or contact your kindergarten to find out if they are taking part in the program.
You can find concession rates for our central enrolment kindergartens on our website. For all other kindergartens in Boroondara you can use our kindergarten map to find their websites and contact details.
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week for two years before starting school.
To be eligible, your child must be three by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten, and:
- identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- be a refugee or asylum seeker, or
- your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred to Child FIRST).
Children who have used Early Start Kindergarten, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or are a refugee or asylum seeker can access free or low cost 4-year-old kindergarten through the Early Start Kindergarten Extension Grant.