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 More information
Craig Family Centre Yes Yes Find out more on our Craig Family Centre page
Estrella Preschool Yes No Find out more on our Estrella Preschool page

Balwyn and Balwyn North member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Bellevue Kindergarten No No Find out more on our Bellevue Kindergarten page
Boroondara Preschool Yes No Find out more on our Boroondara Preschool page
The Merrell Kindergarten Inc. Yes No Find out more on our The Merrell Kindergarten Inc. page
Balwyn East Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Balwyn East Kindergarten page
Yongala Preschool Yes No nd out more on our Yongala Preschool page

Camberwell member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Fordham Avenue Kindergarten Yes Yes Find out more on our Fordham Avenue Kindergarten page

Canterbury member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Canterbury Norwood Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Canterbury Norwood Kindergarten page
St Paul's Anglican Kindergarten Yes Yes Find out more on our St Paul's Anglican Kindergarten page

Deepdene member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Deepdene Preschool Yes No Find out more on our Deepdene Preschool page

Glen Iris member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Alfred Road Kindergarten Yes Yes Find out more on our Alfred Road Kindergarten page
Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten Yes Yes Find out more on our Glen Iris Road Uniting Kindergarten page
Rowen Street Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Rowen Street Kindergarten page
Summerhill Park Kindergarten No No Find out more on our Summerhill Park Kindergarten page

Hawthorn and Hawthorn East member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Auburn South Preschool No No Find out more on our Auburn South Preschool page
Cara Armstrong Kindergarten Yes Yes Find out more on our Cara Armstrong Kindergarten page
West Hawthorn Preschool Yes Yes Find out more on our West Hawthorn Preschool page
Camberwell Baptist Church Kindergarten No No Find out more on our Camberwell Baptist Church Kindergarten page
Robert Cochrane Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Robert Cochrane Kindergarten page

Kew and Kew East member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
North Kew Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our North Kew Kindergarten page
Studley Park Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Studley Park Kindergarten page
Glass Street Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our Glass Street Kindergarten page
JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten Yes No Find out more on our JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten page

Surrey Hills member kindergartens

Boroondara Central Enrolment Scheme Member Kindergarten

Offering Free Kinder in 2023 Changes made to 2023 timetables More information
Surrey Hills Preschool Centre Yes Yes Find out more on our Surrey Hills Preschool Centre page
Canterbury and District Preschool Yes No Find out more on our Canterbury and District Preschool page

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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