How kindergarten places are allocated

We allocate places in kindergartens that are part of the central registration scheme. We administer places according to the preferences you nominate in your application, and according to the criteria below.

3-year-old kindergarten

Demand is high for 3-year-old places in some kindergartens in Boroondara, and we cannot guarantee to place your child in your preferred kindergarten. That is why we ask you to nominate up to 3 preferences when you register.

In the event that all criteria are equal, positions shall be determined by computer generated ballot.

The following criteria apply to 2024 registrations:

  1. High priority children: This includes children: at risk of abuse or neglect including children in Out-of-Home Care, children who are identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, children with additional needs who require additional assistance to participate in kindergarten, require a combination of services which are individually planned and/or have an identified specific disability or developmental delay, and asylum seeker and refugee children.
  2. Deferrals: Children who were eligible to attend the 3-year old program in the previous year but deferred:
    - prior to the Department of Education and Training annual confirmation date
    - no later than last day of term one
    - with the intention of attending and accessing their funding in the following year.
  3. Siblings: Children who had a sibling attend and complete the 3-year-old or 4-year-old program at the same kindergarten, within a 5 year timeframe.
  4. Residency and proximity: Boroondara residents who apply to their closest member kindergarten.
  5. Residency: All other residents of Boroondara
  6. a) Non-Boroondara residents verified as high priority children
    b) All other non-residents

4-year-old kindergarten 

While generally children applying to the 4-year-old kindergarten program in Boroondara receive a place by the end of the allocation process, we cannot guarantee to place your child in your preferred kindergarten.

In the event that all criteria are equal, positions shall be determined by computer generated ballot.

The following criteria apply to 2024 registrations:

  1. High Priority children: This includes children at risk of abuse or neglect including children in Out-of-Home Care, children who are identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, children with additional needs who require additional assistance to participate in kindergarten, require a combination of services which are individually planned and/or have an identified specific disability or developmental delay, asylum seeker and refugee children and children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. Visit the Victorian Government website to find out more about the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.
  2. Repeats: Children currently enrolled at the kindergarten who have received funding for a second year of 4 year old kindergarten are placed at the same kindergarten.
  3. Deferrals: Children who were eligible to attend the 4-year old program in the previous year but deferred:
    - prior to the Department of Education and Training annual confirmation date
    - no later than last day of term one
    - with the intention of attending and accessing their funding in the following year.
  4. 3-year-olds: Children who have attended and completed the 3-year-old program at the member kindergarten in the previous year, and have applied for the 4 year old program at the same kindergarten.
  5. Siblings: Children who had a sibling attend and complete the 3-year-old or 4-year-old program at the same kindergarten, within a 5 year timeframe.
  6. Residency and proximity: Boroondara residents who apply to their closest member kindergarten.
  7. Residency: All other residents of Boroondara
  8. a) Non-Boroondara residents verified as high priority children.
    b) All other non residents
Please note: Auburn South PreschoolEstrella Preschool and Cara Armstrong Kindergarten have variations to the criteria. Please refer to their individual kindergarten pages to check which criteria apply.

Enrolment policy

For details of the enrolment policy for attendance at a 3- or 4-year-old kindergarten in 2024, download the document below. We're currently reviewing this policy and it will shortly be updated for 2025.


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