Kindergarten fees for Council-managed kindergarten programs for 2022 are $465.00 per term for 4-year-old kindergarten and $155 per term for 3-year-old kindergarten.
Your fees will go towards maintaining and operating the kindergarten and cover the gap between the cost to run the kindergarten and funding from the government. As funding will change every year, the fees we charge for kindergarten may also change.
The free kindergarten initiative funded by the Victoria Government concludes at the end of 2021.
Term fee payment options
Kindergarten term fees are compulsory and non-refundable. You must pay the term fees before your child begins each term, unless you are choosing Direct Debit as a payment option. Term fees must be paid by the due date to ensure your child can attend kindergarten.
Families are responsible for ensuring their child’s kindergarten fees are paid. If a family has an outstanding debt relating to the attendance of one child at a Council managed kindergarten the debt needs to be paid before other children in the family can attend.
You can pay your child's kindergarten term fees in the following ways:
1. Pay via invoice
You will receive an invoice by post before the start of each kindergarten term. The invoice will have a due date. You must pay your term fees by the invoice due date.
2. Pay online
To pay your term fees online, please have your reference number handy which can be found on your invoice.
3. Direct Debit
Families have the option to pay their kindergarten fees via Direct Debit. These payments will be spread over several fortnights throughout the year.
You will receive information via email or post about how to apply for Direct Debit late in the year before your child starts kindergarten.
Other payment options include:
Kindergarten Fee Subsidy (KFS)
If your child is eligible for the KFS, they can attend funded kindergarten hours for free.
The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has the most up-to-date KFS eligibility criteria.
How to receive the KFS subsidy
Your kindergarten service will apply for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy on your behalf.
You must provide us with your proof of eligibility by:
emailing copies of relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org,
providing documents to your kindergarten teacher, or
providing relevant documents to a staff member at one of our Customer Service Centres.
Council offers a twin discount for kindergarten term fees. In 2022, fees for each child is $325 per term for 4-year-old kindergarten and $108.50 per term for 3-year-old kindergarten.
If you have triplets or more, you will qualify for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.
Independently managed kindergartens
Independently managed kindergartens set their own fees and structure.
Kindergarten term fees for the independently managed kindergartens will be paid by the State Government for all of 2021.
Please contact the individual kindergarten for more information.