Kindergarten registration

Find out about the systems we use to register your children for Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration

Registration Portal

The opening of the new Online Registration Portal has been delayed due to a technical issue. The opening date will be advertised by close of business of 1 March 2024.

What action do I need to take?

You will be able to register when the portal opens. Please check the website for these details by the close of business 1 March 2024.

Registration for kindergarten is not based on the date or time you register. Applications received by the 30 June will be part of Round One offers for your first selected kindergarten.

 

Who can I contact for additional information?

If you have any questions, please contact the team on:

Email: Registration.KindergartenChildCare@darebin.vic.gov.au

Phone: 03 8470 8825 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

When should my child start kinder?

Deciding when your child starts kindergarten is important and can affect the age at which they start school. Some families prefer to wait until their child is a bit older to send them to kindergarten.

Your child is eligible to attend three-year-old kindergarten if they will be turning three by 30 April in the year of attending kindergarten.

If your child's birthday is in the early months of the year, they will not be able to start kindergarten until after they turn three, even if the term has begun.

Once your child starts three-year-old kindergarten, they are expected to attend four-year-old kindergarten the following year, then prep the year after. There is no repeating of three-year-old kindergarten.

A child who starts three-year-old kindergarten when they are young may not be able to repeat four-year-old kindergarten. A second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten must be approved by the teacher and is only recommended for children who exhibit developmental delay in at least two areas.

Choosing the best year to commence three-year-old kindergarten is important. Your child can attend four-year-old kindergarten if they are turning four by 30 April in the year of attendance.

The Victorian Government has created a calculator tool that you can use to determine when your child can start kindergarten. Simply enter your child’s date of birth at the Give your child the best start website.

Is my child ready for kindergarten?

Talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse or a qualified early years educator to help you decide. Kindergarten open days also provide a great opportunity to talk things through with an experienced professional. See tips for starting kindergarten for more information.