Kindergarten FAQs

Here you’ll find links or answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the kindergarten Central Registration Service:

What is the Central Registration Service?

Moonee Valley City Council manages a system that allows families to submit one registration and nominate a number of kindergartens, rather than applying to each individual kindergarten.

Where are the kindergartens situated in Moonee Valley? What days and hours do they run?

See a list of participating kindergartens along with program hours and days.

Generally four year old kindergartens operate for 15 hours per week over two to three sessions. Three year old programs usually run for four to six hours per week.

How old does my child need to be to register?

  • Funded four year old kindergarten is available to children who turn four before the 30 April in the year prior to school.
  • Three year old kindergarten is available to children who turn three before 30 April in the year they will attend. For those children whose birth date is between 1 January and 30 April can start in a program once they have turned three years of age. If your child is allocated a place but is not yet three years old, fees are still payable for the whole program in order to keep your child’s place at the service.

How do I register for kindergarten in 2018?

Families can register online through Council's Central Registration Portal, download  2018 Kindergarten Registration Form (pdf, 420KB). or collect one in person from:

  • Moonee Valley Council Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds
  • Participating kindergartens and Maternal and Child Health Centres

Complete one registration for each child. The parent or legal guardian of the child is required to complete the registration.

Lodge your completed registration:

  • Ensure supporting documents are attached to the application
  • Payment of the $35 non-refundable administration fee can be made online through Council’s website or in person at Council’s Civic Centre
  • Exemption from this fee is provided if a child or parent has a current, eligible concession card/visa.

Once your registration is completed and supporting documents ready, you can return your registration by:

Email
kinderenrol@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Post
Kindergarten Registration Service
PO Box 126
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

In person
Moonee Valley Civic Centre
9 Kellaway Avenue
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

How do I register for kindergarten in 2017?

Download a 2017 Registration Form (pdf, 595KB) or collect one from:

  • Moonee Valley Council Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds
  • Maternal and Child Health Centres and participating kindergartens

Complete one registration form for each child. The parent or legal guardian of the child is required to complete the form.

Lodge your completed Registration Form:

  • Ensure supporting documents are lodged with the application
  • Include payment of the $35 non-refundable administration fee
  • Exemption from this fee is provided if a child or parent has an eligible concession card/visa.

Once your form is completed and supporting documents ready, you can return your form by:

Email
kinderenrol@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Post
Kindergarten Registration Service
PO Box 126
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

In person
Moonee Valley Civic Centre
9 Kellaway Avenue
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

When do I need to register by?

2018 kindergarten registrations for both four and three year old programs will be accepted from Monday 20 March 2017 until Friday 30 June 2017. Registrations received during this period will be considered with the initial offers. Registrations received after 30 June 2017 will be considered after initial offers are processed.

2017 kindergarten registrations for both four and three year old programs are still accepted and placed where vacancies are available.

Where there are more registrations than places available, a waiting list is maintained and offers continue to be made if places become available.

How can I choose a kindergarten program? 

Prior to completing your registration we encourage families to visit Moonee Valley kindergartens participating in the Central Registration Service to decide which program will best meet you and your child’s needs.

Kindergartens across Moonee Valley will be hosting open nights on March 21, 22 and 23 (pdf, 828KB).

When completing your registration:

  • Nominate up to six (1 to 6) preferences with 1 being the highest preference.
  • Nominate only those kindergartens you will accept a place at if offered.

How will my application be processed?

All kindergartens participating in the Central Registration Service have one approved set of criteria to prioritise applicants and allocate places.

All registrations are assessed against a Priority of Access criteria which is outlined on page 12 in the Registration Information Booklet (pdf, 1.15MB). One or more criteria may apply to each application. Provide supporting documents to verify eligibility for priority of access indicated on the registration.

What if my registration form is incomplete?

All incomplete or incorrect registrations will be followed up by email or letter. Registrations are only processed once all information’ including supporting documentation and payment is provided. If registrations are incomplete this will delay processing.

Changing preferences, updating information or cancelling a registration?

It is the responsibility of families to notify Moonee Valley City Council in writing of any changes to personal details including change of contact details or preferred kindergartens.
To cancel or change preferences please email: kinderenrol@mvcc.vic.gov.au

What if I don’t receive my first preference?

Each year the number of four year old places for funded kindergarten services has been sufficient to meet demand, however not all families are offered a place in their preferred kindergarten.

If more eligible children are seeking a place at a kindergarten service than there are places available, children are prioritised based on Priority of Access guidelines. The system continues to allocate places as vacancies become available.

Families can choose to ‘accept and wait’ for a higher preference or to ‘decline an offer ‘and remain on the waiting list. If you choose to ‘accept and wait’, your status will be listed as ‘Placed and Waiting’ in the central registration service. This means that every time an allocation is run, the service will search for a vacancy in your higher preference/s. If a vacancy is available you will be placed at the higher preference. Whilst vacancies may become available, it is not possible to provide any assurance to families that they will gain a place at their preferred kindergarten.

Please note: The cut-off date for Accept and Wait is 13 December 2017. At that point, you will need to accept your current offer or decline the current offer and place your child back on the waitlist.

What if I am not offered a place in the initial round?

Every effort will be made to place your child at the kindergarten of your choice. When the allocation process commences, if your first preference is full, the system then considers your second and third choices (if you have selected more than one).

What if I haven't registered by 30 June 2017 for a 2018 kindergarten registration?

We will continue to accept registrations after the initial registration period to 30 June 2017. These registrations are processed after the initial round of offers is complete later in the year.

What if I am considering a second year of kindergarten?

Families who are undecided may have questions about the best time for their child to commence school and hence kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to discuss this decision with an early childhood teacher, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Prep teacher or other professionals involved in supporting the learning and development of their child.

Families with children born between 1 January and 30 April need to make an informed choice about which year they would like their child to commence school and therefore which year their child will attend a kindergarten program. All children learn and develop in different ways.

For further information please discuss with your child’s early childhood teacher.

What if my child is of school age when attending kindergarten?

Parents/guardians planning to register and enrol their child in a kindergarten program must obtain an exemption from attending school if their child will turn six years of age (compulsory school age) before or while attending their first or second year of funded kindergarten.

Parents/guardians are responsible for seeking this exemption by applying to the Department of Education and Training using an Exemption from school due to attendance in a kindergarten program form. Further information is available on the DET website.

Last updated: Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 7:48 AM