Mornington Peninsula Shire supports the delivery of kindergarten services for families by providing community infrastructure and Kindergarten Central Registration (KCR).

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 programs

There are a number of both three year old and four year old kindergarten programs offered across the Mornington Peninsula Shire; this includes community kindergartens operating in Council owned buildings, private providers and kindergarten programs offered in long day care and/or early learning centres.

In Victoria, four year old kindergarten is not compulsory; however it is acknowledged that 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 4yo 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 4yo Kindergarten

Some services may operate under a trading name which includes the word "preschool" and not "kindergarten".  Mornington Peninsula Shire aligns with the same terminology as the State Government by referring to all of our services as kindergartens. 

For further information on Kindergarten Central Registration, please contact the team on 5950 1099 or 1300 850 600 or email

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 30th April in the year they will be attending a kindergarten program and

  • Your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander


  • Your family has had contact with Child Protection of been referred to them by Child First

Further information on Early Start Kindergarten can be found at Early Start Kindergarten or What is Early Start Kinder.

Kindergarten Central Registration for 2019

The 'on time' registration period has closed. ‘Late’ registrations are being accepted.

Click here to register your child for 3 year old kindergarten in 2019

Click here to register your child for 4 year old kindergarten in 2019

View List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 3year olds(PDF, 461KB) 
View List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 4year olds(PDF, 474KB)