Kindergarten offering process

When you should receive an offer

We will begin offering kindergarten places in July. You will receive a letter with your kindergarten offer. We will continue to offer places on an ongoing basis. 

If you haven't received an offer

Not everyone will receive their offer at the same time. The offer process is ongoing and includes a number of rounds. Please be patient and you will receive your offer shortly.

Respond to your offer

To respond to your offer, you must return the offer letter to us. You must return your offer letter within 10 business days. If you do not respond to your offer before this time, the offer may be cancelled and offered to the next person on the waiting list.

You can respond to your offer in 5 ways:

1. Accept the offer

To accept your offer, please return within 10 business days:

  • your offer letter
  • your non-refundable $50 deposit (families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy do not need to pay this deposit)
  • you need a copy of your child's birth certificate or passport to confirm their date of birth

What happens next

2. Accept the offer but stay on the waiting list

If you did not receive a place in your most preferred kindergarten, you can accept the offer you did receive and join 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.

To accept your offer and join the waiting list, please return within 10 business days:

  • your offer letter
  • your non-refundable $50 deposit (families eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy do not need to pay this deposit)
  • you need a copy of your child's birth certificate or passport to confirm their date of birth

What happens next

3. Decline the offer but stay on the waiting list

If you did not receive a place in your most preferred kindergarten, you can choose to decline the offer and join the waiting list for your most preferred kindergarten. If a place does not become available, your child may miss out on kindergarten.

To decline your offer and join the waiting list, please return your offer letter within 10 business days:

What happens next

  • We will try to find a place at your most preferred kindergarten. If no place becomes available, your child may miss out on kindergarten.

4. Cancel your child's registration

You can choose to cancel your child's kindergarten registration and send them to a private kindergarten or other early childhood learning centre. The Department of Education and Training has a full list of early childhood services.

To cancel your child's registration, please return your offer letter within 10 business days:

5. Transfer the year your child attend kindergarten

If your child was born between 1 January and 30 April, they can attend kindergarten in the following year.

To transfer the year your child attends kindergarten, please your offer letter within 10 business days:

What happens next

  • We will update your preferences and be in contact next year with a new offer.

Where to return your offer letter

You can return your offer letter and payment (if required):

Your place on the waiting list

We are not able to tell you where you are on the waiting list because the waiting list is always changing.

If you choose to join the waiting list for your most preferred kindergarten, we will only contact you if a place becomes available.

How kindergarten places are offered

Despite growing demand, we have always offered a place to every family that has applied for kindergarten. We will try to make sure we allocate your child a place at one of your preferred kindergartens using the Priority of Access within the Kindergarten Enrolment Procedure. Unfortunately, this may not always be your most preferred kindergarten.

In line with the Victorian Department of Education and Training's (DET) Priority of Access Guidelines and our Kindergarten Enrolment Procedure, we will prioritise:

  • high priority children
  • children who fit the local criteria

If there is not enough space in your most preferred kindergarten, we will try to allocate your child into one of your other preferred kindergartens.

High priority children

The DET has developed the following criteria to identify a high priority child:

  • children at risk of abuse or neglect, including Out-of-Home-Care
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children
  • asylum seeker and refugee children
  • children eligible for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy
  • children who have an additional need, defined as children who:
    • children who require additional assistance in order to fully participate in the kindergarten program and/or
    • children who require a combination of services which are individually planned and/or
    • children who have an identified specific disability or developmental delay

The DET website has more information about high priority children.

Local criteria

Children who fit into the following criteria will be given priority after we have allocated high priority children:

  • children who are in receipt of a second year of funding, and/or
  • children of City of Casey residents and ratepayers

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