The Victorian Government has announced that kindergarten will be free for every child attending a participating kindergarten. Some kindergarten services in Boroondara may choose not to participate in the free kinder initiative.

Kindergartens can either:

  • offer free kinder and not charge any ‘gap’ fees to families
  • charge families kindergarten term fees, as they have done in the past.

Participation in the free kinder initiative is an opt-in decision made by each individual service.

Each kindergarten that is part of the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme will be contacting families who have accepted their child’s place for 2023. They will provide details about their service’s participation in free kinder.

Please be aware that Council is not a funding body or manager of kindergarten services in Boroondara. We manage the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme. This scheme assists parents and kindergartens by enabling families to apply for a place through a centralised, online system.

Which member kindergartens are participating

Below is a list of each kindergarten that is a member of the central enrolment scheme in 2023, and whether they have confirmed if they are participating or not. To see the specifics of any timetable changes for 2023, visit our Member kindergartens page.

It is important to note that children may only receive Victorian Government funding at one service. Children attending a central enrolment scheme kindergarten must allocate their kindergarten funding to this service. If your child attends another service that offers a funded kindergarten program, families must advise that service that they cannot access your child’s funding.

If you wish to enrol your child or make changes to your child’s application, please refer to our Enrol in Kindergarten page.

Please note: the tables below will be updated as kindergartens let us know whether they will be participating in the initiative.

Ashburton member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Craig Family Centre Yes Yes
Estrella Preschool Yes No

Balwyn and Balwyn North member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Bellevue Kindergarten No No
Boroondara Preschool Yes No
The Merrell Kindergarten Inc. Yes No
Balwyn East Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
Yongala Preschool Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Camberwell member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Fordham Avenue Kindergarten Yes Yes

Canterbury member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Canterbury Norwood Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
St Paul's Anglican Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Deepdene member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Deepdene Preschool Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Glen Iris member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Alfred Road Kindergarten Yes Yes
Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten Yes No
Rowen Street Kindergarten Yes No
Summerhill Park Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Hawthorn and Hawthorn East member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Auburn South Preschool No No
Cara Armstrong Kindergarten Yes Yes
West Hawthorn Preschool Yes Yes
Camberwell Baptist Church Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
Robert Cochrane Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Kew and Kew East member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
North Kew Kindergarten Yes No
Studley Park Kindergarten Yes No
Glass Street Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Surrey Hills member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables 
Surrey Hills Preschool Centre Yes Yes
Canterbury and District Preschool Unconfirmed Unconfirmed

Why kindergartens may not participate

Some kindergarten services may decide not to participate in the free kinder initiative.

The main concern that has been raised by organisations is that the Victorian Government’s initiative may not cover the operating expenses of their kindergarten. Participating in free kinder may impact the kindergarten’s ongoing financial sustainability.

Additionally, some kindergartens offer more than the standard 15 hours as part of their program. Even if these services participated in the free kinder initiative, any additional hours above the standard 15 hours may not be free.


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