Kindergarten registration

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When should I register my child for kindergarten?

You can register your child for four-year-old kindergarten any time after they are born.

You should submit your child's registration before 30 April in the year before they are due to attend kindergarten. If you submit your registration after this date, there may be a delay in offering your child a kindergarten place. To find out when your child will attend kindergarten, see When will my child attend kindergarten?

Can I choose my child's kindergarten?

You can nominate up to five kindergartens where you would like your child to attend.

We try to make sure your child attends one of your preferred kindergartens. Sometimes this will not be possible due to high demand.

If you only nominate one preferred kindergarten, there may be a delay in offering your child a kindergarten place.

Find a kindergarten

There are three ways to find kindergartens in the City of Casey:

You are welcome to visit any kindergarten before you register your child. Please contact the kindergarten directly to make an appointment before your visit.

How do I register my child for kindergarten?

Register Online

If you are unable to register online, print and complete the Kindergarten Registration Form (203kb) for each child. You can return the form with payment by post or in person to a Customer Service Centre.

Registration fee

You must pay a non-refundable $20 registration fee for each child.

New online registration system coming soon

A new online registration system, Casey Central Registration System (CCRS), is coming in late 2017. CCRS will allow you to manage your kindergarten registration online.

What happens next?

We will try to offer your child a kindergarten place the year before they are due to begin.

To accept the offer and secure your child's place in kindergarten, you need to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit. Some families may be eligible for a Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS). For more information, please see Kindergarten Fees on the Victorian Government's Department of Education and Training webpage

If you don't wish to accept the offer, please see What if I am not offered my most preferred kindergarten? to find out your options. 

Can I change my registration details?

Update Online

If you are unable to change your registration details online, or for more information, please see the Change to kindergarten registration webpage.

Final Kindergarten Update Form

You will receive a Kindergarten Update Form the year before your child is eligible to attend kindergarten. This will give you a final chance to update your preferred kindergartens, contact details or circumstances.

You must complete and return the Kinder Update Form, even if you have no changes to report.

When will my child attend kindergarten?

Your child can attend kindergarten when they are four years old.

Use the table below to work out when your child can attend kindergarten:

 When will my child attend kindergarten?

Child's date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY)

Eligible year to attend kindergarten

01/05/2012 - 30/04/2013

2017

01/05/2013 - 30/04/2014

 2018

01/05/2014 - 30/04/2015

 2019

01/05/2015 - 30/04/2016

 2020

01/05/2016 - 30/04/2017

2021

01/05/2017 - 30/04/2018

2022

01/05/2018 - 30/04/2019

2023

Deciding if your child is ready for kindergarten can sometimes be confusing. Council holds meetings and information sessions to support you make a decision. You can also get support from a Preschool Field Officer. For more information, please see the About Preschool Field Officers (PSFOs) webpage.

Immunisations

You must have your child's immunisations up-to-date before they can begin kindergarten.

You must provide one of the following as evidence of your child's immunisations:

  • an immunisation history statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). You can download this statement via your myGov account. For more information, please see Immunisation History Statements on the Immunise Australia Program webpage.
  • an immunisation status certificate from your doctor or local Council immunisation service.

Other immunisation records, such as homeopathic immunisation or statutory declarations, are not acceptable.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

If you don't receive an offer for your most preferred kindergarten, you have a few options:

  • Accept the offer. By accepting the offer, you confirm your child will attend the kindergarten in your offer.
  • Accept the offer and join the waiting list. We will add you to the waiting list for your most preferred kindergarten. If a place becomes available, we will transfer your child. If a place does not become available, your child will attend the kindergarten in your original offer.
  • Decline the offer and remain on the waiting list for your most preferred kindergarten.
  • Cancel your child's kindergarten registration.

Due to the ongoing offer process, the waiting list is constantly changing. Because of this, we cannot tell you where you are on the waiting list.

Kindergarten offers are processed using Casey's Central Registration Scheme (CCRS), in accordance with Department of Education and Training (DET) Priority of Access guidelines and the City of Casey Enrolment Procedure.

The Victorian Government only provides one year of funded kindergarten per child. For more information on the Victorian Government's kindergarten program, please see About Kindergarten on the Department of Education and Training webpage.

If you feel your child needs extra support, you should chat to your kindergarten teacher or one of our Preschool Field Officers.

For more information, please contact Council.