We support Kindergartens on the Peninsula through coordination of the Kindergarten Central Registration (KCR) and use of Shire-owned buildings.
Information for parents and carers about:
- Kindergarten Central Registration
- Kindergartens on the Peninsula
- Early Start Kindergarten
Kindergarten Central Registration is a streamlined and transparent application and allocation process that is fair and equitable for all families to support their access to community Kindergarten programs across the Shire.
Kindergarten registration for 2022
Registrations for Kindergarten 2022
Learn more about the Kindergarten registration process:
- On-time registrations closed on Sunday, 18 July, 2021 at 11:59pm.
- Late registrations will be accepted from Monday, 19 July, 2021 at 9:00am
Kindergarten registration for 2023
Registrations for 3-year-old and 4-year-old Kindergarten in 2023 will open in March 2022.
Please check back then for further information
Changes to 2022 Kindergarten Priority of Access / Allocation Criteria
On 23 February, 2021 the Shire reviewed the Priority of Access / Allocation Criteria for the Kindergarten Central Registration process.
We would like to thank community members who took the time to complete our poll. These responses provided important feedback that assisted with the review process.
For 2022 Kindergarten registrations, the Priority of Access / Allocation Criteria will be as follows (please refer to the 2022 Kindergarten Central Registration Information Book for further details):
- Level 1: children identified as high priority
- Level 2: children who qualify for the sibling priority (previously Level 3)
- Level 3: children registering for the Kindergarten closest to where they live (previously Level 2)
- Level 4: children in families that are Mornington Peninsula Shire residents/ratepayers
Download the 2022 Kindergarten Central Registration Information Book(PDF, 260KB) for further information.
Information about kindergartens
Both 3-yr old and 4-yr old Kindergarten programs are offered across the peninsula, including Community Kindergartens operating in Shire-owned buildings, private providers and Kindergarten programs offered in long day care and / or early learning centres.
In Victoria, 4-yr old Kindergarten is not compulsory however the Kindergarten experience is valuable in providing children with the opportunity to learn and develop skills through a play-based curriculum and can also assist children in their transition to primary school. For further information, please visit: Education Victoria website - All About Kinder
For information about free or low cost kindergarten, please download: Education Victoria - Kinder Fee Subsidy
Your child may be eligible for a second year of funded 4-yr old Kindergarten if their early childhood teacher has assessed that your child will benefit from further support in at least two key areas of development and will achieve better outcomes at kindergarten rather than going to school, please visit Second Year of 4-yr old Kindergarten.
Some services may operate under a trading name which includes the word "preschool" and not "kindergarten". The Shire aligns with the same terminology as the State Government by referring to all of our services as Kindergartens.
Early Start Kindergarten – your child may be eligible!
Early Start Kindergarten provides free or low cost kindergarten to eligible 3 year old children where programs are offered by a qualified teacher.
Children are eligible for Early Start Kindergarten if:
- They are aged 3 by 30 April in the year they will be attending a Kindergarten program and:
- They identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, or
- Your family has had contact with Child Protection, or
- They are a refugee or asylum seeker
Further information on Early Start Kindergarten can be found at Early Start Kindergarten or What is Early Start Kinder.
For further information on Kindergartens, please contact the team on 03 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten Infrastructure Services Plan (KISP):
A Kindergarten Infrastructure Services Plan (KISP) has been developed by the Victorian Government in conjunction with the Shire to support service planning.