Kindergarten

Summary

  • 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 downloads section 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.

3-year-old kindergarten

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.

4-year-old kindergarten

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.

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 and kindergarten page for more information and for details 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.

PSFOs also provide advice and support in relation to development, school readiness and behaviour.

Families or kindergarten teachers can contact Council's PSFOs on 9278 4370 or 9278 4642, or fill out the Preschool Field Officer Referral form. Instructions on how to complete it are contained within.

Victorian school and kindergarten term dates

Terms dates are available on the Department of Education and Training's website.

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