- You can enrol your child in 3-year-old and 4-year-old kindergarten through the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES).
- Before enrolling, read the BKCES Information Kit (see below) for kindergarten program times and fees.
- Kindergarten places are allocated using the enrolment policy selection criteria.
- Your child has to be immunised to attend kindergarten. An Immunisation History Statement is required (see an example in the download section).
Kindergartens (sometimes known as preschools) have planned educational programs for children aged 3 to 5 years during the four school terms. These programs are designed to enhance all areas of a child's development including physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive.
The Department of Education and Training has more information about kindergarten programs.
See enrol in kindergarten to apply for a kindergarten place in Boroondara.
Download the BKCES Information Kit for details on kindergarten locations, programs and enrolment.
Three-year-old kindergarten is optional and is not funded by the government.
Your child must be 3 years of age before commencing 3-year-old kindergarten. This means that your child may start kindergarten after the start of term 1. You may be required to pay the full-term fee in advance to hold the place.
All 4-year-old children are eligible, and funded, to attend at least 600 hours of kindergarten in the year before they start school. This is usually 15 hours a week over 40 weeks of the school year.
Your child has to be 4 years of age by 30 April to be eligible to attend 4-year-old kindergarten in that year.
Early Start Kindergarten
Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten for up to 15 hours a week to eligible 3-year-old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher.
To be eligible, your child must meet either of the following criteria:
- your child is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- your family has had contact with Child Protection (or has been referred to Child FIRST).
If your child has used Early Start, they can also access free or low cost funded kindergarten in the year before school.
Alternatively, contact your local childcare service that offers a funded kindergarten program and ask to access Early Start Kindergarten.
Download the BKCES Information Kit (doc, 6.22MB) for details on kindergarten locations, programs and enrolment.
Immunisation and kindergarten
The Victorian Government's No Jab, No Play legislation means your child must have up-to-date vaccinations to enrol in kindergarten or childcare.
See our Immunisation History Statement page for more information on obtaining an Immunisation History Statement.
Support for families and staff - Preschool Field Officer Program
The Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) Program is a State Government-funded program that provides support to kindergarten staff and families to guide the inclusion and participation of all children, especially those with additional needs.
For more information, visit Assistance for children with additional needs.
Victorian school and kindergarten term dates
Terms dates are available on the Department of Education and Training's website.