Kindergarten

series of photos of children at preschool.

All Victorian children can now access two years of kindergarten!

Kindergarten is important to the learning and development of children in the years before they start school. At kindergarten, children learn key skills for life, including creative thinking, social and emotional skills, and early literacy and language skills through play-based learning.

Over 70 kindergarten programs are run across Brimbank by qualified early childhood educators, and Brimbank City Council manages the registration of some of these programs, known as ‘sessional’ kindergartens.

Four-Year-Old (4YO) Kindergarten is 15 hours per week.

Three-Year-Old (3YO) Kindergarten is currently five hours per week, and will increase to 15 by 2029.

Types of Kindergarten

Kindergarten programs are run in either ‘sessional’ kindergartens, or as ‘integrated’ programs within Long Day Care programs at child care centres. Brimbank City Council manages the registration of sessional kindergartens in Brimbank only. Council does not run the kindergarten programs.

‘Sessional’ kindergarten programs are run on set days and at set times, with the same educator and group of children. Children only attend for the set hours of the session.

‘Integrated’ kindergarten programs are run at child care centres and offer a full day of education and care, including a kindergarten program. Integrated programs provide food and nappies for children, and are more expensive than sessional programs.

When to start kindergarten

Children can attend 3YO Kindergarten if they are three (or turning three before 30 April). Families with children born between January and 30 April may choose whether to enrol their children in a kindergarten program in the year they turn three.

Children can attend 4YO Kindergarten the year before they start school.

Child's date of birth

3YO Kindergarten

4YO Kindergarten

1/5/2018 - 30/4/2019

2022

2023

1/5/2019 - 30/4/2020

2023

2024

1/5/2020 - 30/4/2021

2024

2025

1/5/2021 - 30/4/2022

2025

2026

1/5/2022 - 30/4/2023

2026

2027

Things to consider when deciding when to start kindergarten include a child’s developmental and learning levels, family circumstances, and preferred school starting age. Families can discuss their child’s kindergarten readiness by speaking with their MCH nurse at their child’s next KAS appointment.

Cost

2022

Kindergarten fees are set by the centres that operate them. Please contact kindergartens directly to confirm the exact fees.

  • 4YO Kindergarten programs at sessional kindergartens (15 hours) in Brimbank in 2022 cost between $360-550  per term.
  • 3YO Kindergarten programs at sessional kindergartens (5 hours) in Brimbank in 2022 cost between $150-190 per term.
  • Integrated programs at child care centres are more expensive than sessional programs, and are charged per day.

Kindergarten is free for some families, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, families with refugee/asylum seeker visas, triplets/quadruplets, families known to child protection, and families with Health Care Cards or Pension Cards.

2023

On 16 Jun 2022, the Victorian government announced that Kinder will be made free for 3- and 4-year-olds from 2023.

How to register

For sessional kindergartens:

Brimbank City Council registers children from birth at their first Maternal and Child Health nurse appointment.

Families that are unsure about their registration or have moved house/s since the birth of their child, can:

  1. Fill in an Online registration form  (Find Registration forms in languages other than English)
  2. Update your kindergarten preferences
  3. Update your contact details
  4. E: kindergarten@brimbank.vic.gov.au or Tel: 9249 4000

Allocation process:

  • In the year before kindergarten, Council contacts all families already registered in its system to confirm their contact details and kindergarten preferences.
  • From May, Council allocates places for 3YO Kindergarten
  • From July, Council allocates places for 4YO Kindergarten
  • Families must accept their offer with Council via the forms provided to complete the process.
  • Later in the year, the kindergarten families have accepted their offer with will make contact to begin the enrolment process.

Allocation is made according to a Priority of Access criteria set out by the Department of Education and Training. Read more about Priority of Access and allocation in the Brimbank Kindergarten Registration Policy (hyperlink).

For integrated programs:

Contact the child care centre directly the year before kindergarten.

Change your kindergarten details

Need to change your kindergarten preferences, accept or decline offers, or cancel/defer your application?

Complete the Kindergarten Update Form

Where are kindergartens?
Kindergarten Timetables

Kindergarten timetables are set by the centres that operate them.

Download the 2022 Timetables as last provided to Brimbank City Council or visit the kinders' own websites.

Early Start Kindergarten

A special program called Early Start Kindergarten is available to eligible three-year-olds to access fifteen hours of funded kindergarten per week, instead of five hours.

Eligibility includes children:

  • who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • of families who have had contact with Child Protection (or have been referred to Child FIRST)
  • who have refugee or asylum seeker children

For more information on this program call the Brimbank Kindergarten Registration team on 9249 4000 or E: ESK@brimbank.vic.gov.au 

Preschool Field Officer Program

The Preschool Field Officer Program helps kindergarten educators support children already at kindergarten who have additional needs, so they can better access and take part in kindergarten programs.

Learn more about the program or apply for a Preschool Field Officer Referral program.