Cardinia Shire Council is encouraging families to register for 2023 kindergarten places by Thursday 30 June to be considered for first-round offers.
In Cardinia Shire, children can access two years of funded kindergarten prior to commencing school.
If a child turns three years of age by Sunday 30 April 2023, they are eligible to attend their first year of a funded kindergarten program (three-year-old kindergarten).
If a child turns four years of age by Sunday 30 April 2023, they are eligible to attend their second year of a funded kindergarten program (four-year-old kindergarten).
Cardinia Shire Council provides a central registration portal for both years of kindergarten programs offered in council facilities.
Mayor Jeff Springfield said kindergarten was an essential part of social and personal development for children.
“It helps to develop language skills, problem solving abilities and self-confidence,“ Cr Springfield said.
“Research shows that quality early education leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life, so we’d love to see local families enrol their children in kindergarten in Cardinia Shire.”
The first year of kindergarten is partially funded by the Victorian Government for a minimum of five-hours per week.
Children must be three years of age before they can start their first day of kindergarten, on or before 30 April.
Children who turn three between January 1 and April 30 will have their kindergarten place held until they turn three.
Offers for 2023 places for three-year-old kindergarten will be sent to parents and carers from September 2022.
The second year of kindergarten is partially funded by the government, providing 15 hours per week of early years education for every child.
Children must be four years-old on or before 30 April in the year they wish to start kindergarten.
Offers for 2023 places for four-year-old kindergarten will be sent to parents and carers from August 2022.
To register, visit council’s Online Kindergarten Registration Portal.
Registrations received by Thursday 30 June 2022 will be included in first round offers and registrations received after will be processed in second, and later, offer rounds.
For more information about kindergarten registration, visit council’s website at cardinia.vic.gov.au/kindergarten or call 1300 787 624.