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Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES)

We work in collaboration with kindergarten committees to develop a consistent process for families. Here you will find all the information you need to apply to these kindergartens.

To apply to any kindergarten which is not part of the Central Enrolment Scheme, view the complete list of kindergartens (DOC, 727 kB) located within Boroondara. Most of Boroondara's Long Day Care Centres (DOC, 232 kB) also operate registered kindergarten programs.

Enrol your child online

Applications for Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) member kindergartens can now be made online.

Applications for three and four year-old kindergarten can be made once your child has turned two.

Before submitting your application online, please refer to the information kit below for kindergarten session times and ensure that you have checked the selection criteria.

Note: Our online form works best in Internet Explorer and Chrome.

Apply online 

To receive future email correspondence from BKCES, please add to your contacts.

2018 offers will be made late July 2017.

Information kit and hard copy application form

This information kit and application form (two separate documents) is for three-year-old and four-year-old entry from 2017 onwards.

BKCES application forms are also available from BKCES Member Kindergartens, Maternal and Child Health Centres, Libraries and Council Offices. We are also happy to mail you a hard copy of any forms you need.

Enrolment enquiries should be directed to the BKCES Central Enrolment Officer on 9278 4444 or email BKCES.

Submit a change of application details

If you have already applied, you may use the online form above to change your preferences. Alternatively a change of application details form is also included in the kit.

If you change your preference before the end of Term 2 in the year preceding attendance, the original date of application is kept. However, a change of preference after this after this time will result in your application being placed at the end of the waiting list.

Apply for special consideration

Use this form when making an application for special consideration to the BKCES. Supporting documentation must accompany this form to be eligible for special consideration.

Kindergartens may also offer Early Start Kindergarten grants for three year olds. The grants allow eligible children to access a kindergarten program for up to 15 hours per week (or 600 hours per year) for free or at reduced fees delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

Two types of grants are available:

  • the Aboriginal Early Start Kindergarten grant for children identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by a parent
  • the Early Start Kindergarten grant for children known to Child Protection or referred to Child and Family Services information, referral and support teams (Child FIRST).

Kindergarten vacancies

There are a number of vacancies in some three and four-year-old funded programs in BKCES kindergartens across Boroondara. Please contact BKCES Administration Officers for a complete list. For all kindergarten enquiries, please contact BKCES Administration Officers on 9278 4444 or email BKCES

Program changes for 2017

This document outlines changes to some three and four-year-old programs in 2017.

Enrolment policy

In consultation with participating kindergartens, a review of the current BKCES policy has been undertaken in line with the requirements set out in the Department of Education and Training (DET) Kindergarten Funding Guide 2015. Council endorsed the changes to the policy on 15 March 2015 for implementation in the 2017 kindergarten year.

  • For three-year-old and four-year-old entry, download the BKCES policy (DOC, 1.3MB).

Central Enrolment Scheme frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I apply?

Apply online by clicking on the link above or obtain a BKCES Application Form from libraries, maternal and child health centres, member kindergartens, Council Offices or from this page.

How many kindergartens can I indicate a preference for?

You can preference up to five kindergartens. You are required to preference all groups offered within each kindergarten preference.

How do you rank applicants?

The selection criteria are in the BKCES Information Kit. If you require further clarification on any issues, refer to the relevant Enrolment Policy.

When can I lodge an application?

Apply when your child turns two years of age. 

When will kindergarten offers be made?

First Round Offers will be made late July/ early August in the year preceding attendance.

Does my child have to be immunised?

The Government’s No Jab No Play laws require all children to be age-appropriately immunised before enrolment in an early childhood service can be confirmed. Your child will be considered for a kindergarten place through our central enrolment system.

You should note that an offer and your acceptance of the offer will not mean that your child's enrolment is confirmed. Enrolment cannot be confirmed until immunisation documentation has been received, assessed and found acceptable by the service at which the place has been offered (or the cluster manager), to determine that your child's immunisations are up-to-date for their age or an exemption applies. An example of acceptable documentation is available from Medicare.

You will need to supply the kindergarten with your Immunisation History Statement (IHS). To request an IHS:

Please note: all IHS documentation will need to be in English. If you need to get your statement translated, please consult your local doctor or the Royal Children's Hospital.

For further information, please refer to the Government's Public Health webpage.