For an overview of kindergarten in Darebin, read our Darebin Kindergarten Guide.
Have you got a question about navigating Kindergarten
Tuesday 3 July 2018
11.00 - 12.30 pm
Preston Intercultural Centre
Wednesday 5 September 2018
6.00 - 7.30 pm
Northcote Family Services
185 High Street
Wednesday 15 November 2018
10.30 - 12.00 pm
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre
23 Edwardes Street
Darebin Kindergarten Registration System
How to register?
A new online portal is available for families registering with the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System.
Families who register through the portal will:
- Receive an instant confirmation email as soon as you submit your registration.
- Be able to easily upload your documents via your smart phone/tablet.
- Be able to complete the registration when it is most convenient to you, reducing the need to come into Council to lodge it.
- Give you 24 hour access.
- Reduce the need for paper, printing and postage costs.
- Be able to view and respond to offers as soon as they are available. No need to wait for the post.
- Be able to update your information without having to call or email.
- Add children in later years to existing accounts.
- If you cannot remember what your preferences are, you can access them from the portal.
After the registration is submitted, you will receive an email confirming the registration. A registration is not complete until a confirmation email is received.
Do you already have an account set up?
Families with a 3 year old child/children currently placed for 2018 and or families who have or had a child on the Darebin Child Care Registration System will already have a portal account set up. Email the Registration Team.
Online Portal Registration
To register for Kindergarten, Pre-kindergarten or Child Care please visit: Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registrations Portal. This link can also be used if you have already registered a child and want to update your details or respond to an offer.
If you are unable to register via the portal, please use a relevant registration form listed below.
If you have recently submitted a registration form you do not need to register through the online portal. A portal account will be made available to you.
Note: Completion of the registration form does not guarantee placement.
Council administers a registration system on behalf of 28 community managed kindergartens in Darebin. This simplifies the registration process for these centres and offers a fair and equitable allocation system. There is a list and map of these services on page 5 of the Darebin Kindergarten Guide.
There are a further 20 kindergarten programs in the City of Darebin. To see a full list go to the Department of Education and Training website.
If you want to register for a place at any other kindergarten you need to contact them directly. For a full list of all children’s education and care services, please refer to Council’s website.
Registration to the Darebin Kindergarten Registration System can be made in the year prior to kindergarten attendance and open February 1.
The Darebin Kindergarten Registration System Journey Map outlines the timelines for registration in the City of Darebin.
The main registration period is February 1 and April 30. Within this period the date of registration will not affect your chances of receiving your first preference, e.g. a registration received on April 30 will have an equal chance to one received February 1.
Registrations received before 30 April will be given priority. Late registration will be processed after those which are received during the stated registration period.
Four Year Old Kindergarten Programs
This 1 year, State Government subsidised program is available for children the year before they begin school. Children attend for a minimum of 15 hours per week, which can be spread across 2, 3 or 4 days.
Eligibility: A child must be four years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program.
In Victoria, children cannot attend more than one State Government funded kindergarten program at the same time.
Download the 2018 Kindergarten Registration Form
Download the 2019 Kindergarten Registration Form
Three Year Old Pre-Kindergarten Program
If you are with an agency supporting a family to register for kindergarten or child care, please contact us directly for addition assistance.
This program is designed to meet the developmental, social, emotional, language and listening skills of young children who have turned three years old.
Eligibility: A child must be three years old on or before 30 April in the year that they are to attend the program.
Download the 2018 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form
Download the 2019 Pre Kindergarten Registration Form
Vulnerable Children and Families
We support the State Government policy directions which shows that children with additional needs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, children known to Child Protection and those eligible for fee subsidy, benefit most from being involved in early childhood programs.
Families that demonstrate that they have a child in one of these categories will be allocated to a kindergarten program as a priority.
No Jab No Play
The "No Jab No Play" law requires all children to be age-appropriately immunised before enrolment in an early childhood service can be confirmed. Your child will be offered a place at an early childhood education and care service, including childcare services and kindergartens through the registration system. You should note that this offer and your acceptance of the offer will not mean that your child's enrolment is confirmed.
Enrolment will be confirmed when immunisation documentation has been received, assessed and found acceptable by the service at which the place has been offered.
Further information about immunisation requirements for enrolment in early childhood services, including information on how to obtain the required documentation, is available on the State Government's Better Health Channel.
Early childhood services can also provide you with a copy of a brochure for parents that explains the requirements and how you can meet them.
2018 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Vacancies are still available for 2018 for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten. To register for a position, please register through the portal. See details in the section above, under Online Portal Registration.
I have registered – what now?
Please see the Kindergarten Offer Process Information Sheet
Kindergarten Registration System Procedure February 2018
Commonwealth Statutory Declaration Form
Darebin Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team
Phone: 8470 8825
Email: Kindergarten and Child Care Registration Team