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 for 2021 and 2022
  • 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:

Key dates:

  • 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 2021

Registrations for 2021 Kindergarten remain open:

Register your child for 2021 3-yr-old Kindergarten 

Register your child for 2021 4-yr-old Kindergarten

Please contact our team on 03 5950 1099 or with any queries.

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


For information about individual Kindergartens (including timetables, where available) view our Kindergarten Listing.

Download: List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 3-yr olds(PDF, 65KB)

Download: List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 4-yr olds(PDF, 63KB)

Please visit the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) website for Kindergarten assessment and rating information.



Kindergarten programs

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



Further Information:

For further information on Kindergartens, please contact the team on 03 5950 1000 or 1300 850 600 or email

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.