Kindergarten - Find a Service

About this service

Provides a range of learning experiences and activities that are both stimulating and fun which helps children learn skills they will build on throughout their life.  The mychild website and the Department of Education and Training (DET) website provide a list of kindergarten services.  Australia has recently developed a National Quality Framework (NQF) for children’s education and care including kindergarten services.  There is a national register which rates services against 7 national quality areas which may help to choose the right service for children.  This information can be found at ACECQA - National Registers.

    • Service name

      Kindergarten - Find a Service

    • Phone

      1800 809 834

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    • Urgency levels

      Just Curious, Some Help

    • Service area

      Bayside City Council, City of Kingston, City of Glen Eira, City of Port Phillip, City of Stonnington

    • Service hours

      Contact kindergartens directly for service hours Mon - Fri 8am to 5pm

    • Additional age criteria

      To enrol in a funded kindergarten program, the child must be at least four years old by 30 April of the year they are starting kindergarten
      Some kindergartens run programs for three-year-old children, but this program is charged at the full fee and is not part of the kindergarten fee subsidy, unless the child is eligible for Early Start Kindergarten

    • Eligibility criteria

      The Victorian government provides funding to services to contribute to the cost of running a funded kindergarten program. Services may charge families fees to help meet the cost of running kindergarten programs. Fees are set by individual services and can vary depending on how many hours the child attends, group size and extra costs such as excursions.
      Children may be eligible for free or low-cost kindergarten. This allows children to access u to 15 hours of kindergarten in the year before school for free or at low cost. Children are eligible in any of the following circumstances;
      child identified at Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more) child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following: a Commonwealth Health Care Card, a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card, a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card​, Refugee or Asylum Seeke

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    • Costs

      Contact service directly (see eligibilty criteria)

More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

    • Participation length

      Typically one year, pending the needs of the child

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    • Who can refer


    • Point of intake

      Some kindergartens are part of a central enrolment process - contact service directly
      Councils may offer a central enrolment service for participating kindergartens