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?

  • 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. Children whose birth date is between 1 January and 30 April are eligible to 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. 

When do I need to register by for kindergarten in 2019?

2019 kindergarten registrations for four year old programs will be accepted from Monday 5 March 2018 until Thursday 31 May 2018.

Registrations received during this period will be considered with the initial offers advised to families by the end of August. Registrations received after 31 May 2018 will be considered after initial offers are processed.

2019 kindergarten registrations for three year old programs will be accepted from Monday 2 July 2018 until Friday 31 August 2018. Registrations received during this period will be considered with the initial offers advised to families by the end of October. Registrations received after 31 August 2018 will be considered after initial offers are processed.

How do I register for kindergarten in 2019?

Visit the kindergarten registration page for information on how to register.

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 in March.

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 used to prioritise registrations and allocate places.

All registrations are assessed against a Priority of Access criteria which is outlined in the  2019 Central Registration Service Handbook - 4 year old kinder (pdf, 2MB) . 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:

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. Where families have the same number of points, the system will allocate places randomly.

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.

The ‘accept and wait’ provision will cease from 31 October 2018. At this time, families will be required to accept the lower preference that they have received, or remain on a waiting list for a higher preference. Families who choose to remain on the waiting list must note that this means that their child will not have a kindergarten place until one becomes available at their higher preference. This is to ensure equity of kindergarten places, in addition to ensuring that Kindergarten educators can prepare for each child’s transition into kindergarten.

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 the registration period for 3 or 4 year old 2019 kindergarten registration?

We will continue to accept registrations after the initial registration periods. 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.

Parents who are considering a second year of Kindergarten should not register through the parent portal.

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: Friday, 8 February 2019, 3:51 AM