Kindergarten

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

Registrations for 2020 Kindergarten are now open.  Please refer to the section below for 2020 attendance.
On-time registrations closed at 11:59pm on Sunday, 30 June, 2019.
Late registrations are now being accepted.

Information regarding individual Kindergartens (including timetables, where available) can be found here.

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

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. Council is currently reviewing the Priority of Access for Kindergarten allocations.  Families will be notified of any changes resulting from this review.

Kindergarten programs

There are a number of both 3-yr old and 4-yr old Kindergarten programs offered across the Mornington Peninsula Shire, 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 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 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. 

For further information on Kindergarten Central Registration, please contact the team on 5950 1099 or 1300 850 600 or email kindergarten@mornpen.vic.gov.au

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:

Your child is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
OR
Your family has had contact with Child Protection or 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 2020 attendance

Registrations for 2020 Kindergarten are now open.

'On-time' registrations closed at 11:59pm on Sunday, 30 June, 2019.

'Late' registrations will be accepted from 12:00pm on Monday, 1 July, 2019

The Kindergarten offer process will commence on Monday, 15 July, 2019 (for 4-yr old) and Monday, 2 September, 2019 (for 3-yr old).  Full details of the offer processing timeline can be found below (in Related Information).

3-yr old Kindergarten registration: Click here to register your child for 3-yr old Kindergarten in 2020

4-yr old Kindergarten registration: Click here to register your child for 4- yr old Kindergarten in 2020

Further Information:

Information regarding individual Kindergartens (including timetables) can be found by clicking on 'Kindergarten Listing' on the left hand side of this page (under Kindergarten).

Download: List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 3-yr olds(PDF, 36KB)

Download: List of Kindergartens on the Mornington Peninsula for 4-yr olds(PDF, 37KB)

Kindergarten Central Registration for 2019 attendance (late registrations)

Registrations for 2019 Kindergarten continue to be accepted.

3-yr old Kindergarten registration: Click here to register your child for 3-yr old Kindergarten in 2019

4-yr old Kindergarten registration: Click here to register your child for 4-yr old Kindergarten in 2019