An iconic play-based, family-friendly community kindergarten.

Contact details

Address: 169 Rathmines Road, Hawthorn East 3123 

Phone: (03) 9882 5908

Email: [email protected]

Website: Cara Armstrong Kindergarten website

Visit the kindergarten: Visit our Open days for kindergartens page for information about the annual open day in May, or contact the kindergarten to arrange a time to visit.

About Cara Armstrong Kindergarten

A kindergarten with a beautiful outdoor area for an indoor/outdoor program that provides for exploration, experimentation and the development of social skills. 

Children are respected and valued as contributors to their own learning through a child-centred program involving practical play-based experiences that help foster a sense of wonder.

Learn more about the centre's staff, programs, facilities and philosophies on the Cara Armstrong Kindergarten website.

Selection criteria variation

Cara Armstrong has a Parent Participation Policy that affects the selection criteria. If you have served on the Committee within the past 5 years please complete the relevant section on the enrolment application. Contact the Cara Armstrong Enrolment Officer for more information.

2022 session information

Please refer to the Cara Armstrong Kindergarten website. For vacancies information, you can contact the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme by emailing [email protected] or calling us on (03) 9278 4444.

2023 provisional session times

3-year-old kindergarten program

Bumblebees – 22 places

This program offers 13 hours and 30 minutes of free kinder per week.

Day Free kinder hours
Wednesday 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 3:15 pm

4-year-old kindergarten program

Grasshoppers – 22 places

This program offers 15 hours of free kinder per week, and 5 hours and 15 minutes of additional optional hours.

Day Free kinder hours Additional hours
Monday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Thursday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Please note: additional optional hours are available for the Grasshoppers 4-year-old kindergarten program. For 2023 enrolled families, please discuss these additional optional hours directly with your kindergarten.

Fees – per term 2023

The Victorian Government Free Kinder initiative is available at this kindergarten. Concession rates are not applicable.

3-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Bumblebees free kinder hours (13 hours 30 minutes per week): Free

4-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Grasshoppers free kinder hours (15 hours per week): Free
  • Grasshoppers additional hours (5 hours 15 minutes per week): $650
Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme

Ready to enrol?

You can preference up to 5 kinders in your application.

Rating against the National Quality Standard

Early childhood education and care services are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard (NQS) to:

  • promote continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care
  • improve knowledge and access to information about the quality of services to help families make informed decisions about their child’s education and care.

Learn more about the assessment process on the StartingBlocks website.

Note: These details have been provided by Cara Armstrong Kindergarten in partnership with the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES). For the most up-to-date information, visit the Cara Armstrong Kindergarten website.


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