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.
3-year-old kindergarten fees
The Victorian Government is gradually rolling out funding for 3-year-kindergarten. Five hours of funded 3-year-old-kindergarten is set to commence in Boroondara in 2022.
4-year-old kindergarten fees
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.
If your child repeats a year of kindergarten, fees for the extra year may be higher as this repeat year may not be subsidised by the government.
Kindergarten fee subsidy
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
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.
Note: These concession rates only apply to 4-year-old kindergarten programs. There are no concessions for 3-year-old kindergarten programs that are part of the central enrolment scheme at this time.
Early Start Kindergarten
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, or
- your family has had contact with Child Protection (or been referred to Child FIRST).
Children who have used Early Start Kindergarten or are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander can access free or low cost 4-year-old kindergarten through the Early Start Kindergarten Extension Grant.