In 2022, the kindergarten fee subsidy allows children to access up to 15 hours of funded kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for free or at low cost.
Your child is eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy:
or if your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following:
If your family or child has a humanitarian or refugee visa listed by the Department of Home Affairs which is not included in the above list, your child may still be eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy.
Please speak to your kindergarten service for more information.
From 2023 onwards, the Victorian State Government has announced that kindergarten will free for all three and four year old children.
This is a big change and so we are working with kindergarten providers to cater for your family’s needs and manage capacity across our centres. This means three-year-old kindergarten hours will vary at different kindergartens, providing families with between 5 and 15 hours each week.
Contact your local kindergartens or check their websites for timetables from October onwards. Most childcare centres also offer kindergarten programs, contact your local centre for details.
The City of Whittlesea is committed to supporting the community in accessing quality education services and is working in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the services to plan for the funded three-year-old Kindergarten programs commenceing in 2022.
Council is not a manager of kindergarten services in Whittlesea however it does manage the Kindergartens Central Application Scheme.
If you speak a language other than English and would like assistance to apply for kindergarten, or to find out more information, please contact Council’s Early Years team on 9217 2170. You are welcome to contact the Interpreting Service 131 450
Your child needs to turn three to commence Three-Year-old kindergarten before the 30 April. There are a few things you may need to consider when making the decision to commence kindergarten. For Date of Birth Range see the table below.
For more information on when to start Three-Year-Old Kindergarten visit: Give your child the best start | Victorian Government
Are you eligible to pay no or low fees?
Most kindergarten program fees are partly paid by the Victorian Government directly to the kindergarten.
Families can access a sessional kindergarten service for free or low cost if the child:
For more information visit: How much kindergarten costs via education.vic.gov.au
The following table provides a quick reference for application details:
|Date of birth range||Three-year-old kindergarten||Four-year-old kindergarten||Applications open|
||Year of attendance||Year of attendance|
|1 May 2017 –
30 April 2018
|1 May 2018 –
30 April 2019
|1 May 2019 –
30 April 2020
|2023||2024||1 February 2022|
|1 May 2020 –
30 April 2021
|2024||2025||1 February 2023|
Click on the link to view the kindergarten applications page and to apply for kindergarten.
Early Start Kindergarten gives eligible children 15 hours of free or low-cost kindergarten a week for two years before starting school.
To be eligible, your child must be three by 30 April in the year they start kindergarten, and:
For more information about Early Start Kindergarten visit Early Start Kindergarten via education.vic.gov.au