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4 Year Old Preschool/Kindergarten and KEYS Online

Knox Family and Children’s Services manage 30 preschools across the municipality and employ in excess of 100 qualified and experienced educators to provide quality education and care programs for children.

The preschool year is important for every child. It encourages children to:

  • Be creative and confident thinkers.
  • Build overall confidence, self reliance and resourcefulness.
  • Experience the joy of success and learning with other children and adults

Research shows that a quality early childhood service positively influences a child’s brain development and future learning and formal education.

Registering for a Knox City Council 4 year old Preschool/Kindergarten

Register your child for a 4 year old Preschool via our KEYS Online portal. You will need to create an account if you haven’t already and follow the prompts to submit your interest.

Families are able to register, pay fees and view offers of preschool places from home at any time, seven days a week. You can login at any time to update your details or Preschool preferences.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your details are correct and up-to-date at all times to allow us to process your child's preschool/kindergarten application. This will also ensure that your child can receive their Preschool Offer.

Updates made in KEYS Online may take up to 2 weeks to be reflected in the portal.
If you are a family with a child or children already enrolled you will have received an email with KEYS Online login details.

If you are unsure whether you have an account, please contact Knox Preschool Services on 9298 8000 or preschool@knox.vic.gov.au

To be eligible to attend a 4 year old Preschool Service, your child must be four years old by 30 April of the year they start preschool. Children can be registered from birth.

KEYS Online

When is my Child Eligible to Attend Preschool/Kindergarten?

To be eligible to attend a Preschool Service, your child must be four years old by 30 April of the year they start preschool.

Birth Date Year Attending
1/5/2014 to 30/4/2015 2019
1/5/2015 to 30/4/2016 2020
1/5/2016 to 30/4/2017 2021
1/5/2017 to 30/4/2018 2022
1/5/2018 to 30/4/2019 2023
1/5/2019 to 30/4/2020 2024

What Is Priority of Access?

Knox City Council has a Central Registration process used to allocate places at preschools that are managed by Council.

Places are offered following the Priority of Access Policy and Procedure, to ensure Preschool Services are accessible and equitable.

Is Your Child Attending Preschool/Kindergarten in 2020 and beyond?

Fees & Charges - 2019

The 2019 Preschool Fee is $1,476 per child split into four termly payments of $369.

A sibling discount is available for families where more than one child is attending Preschool in the same year. The sibling discount fee for 2019 is $1,328.40 split into four termly payments of $332.10, and is available to the second child attending the service only.

The first payment is due in January 2019, payable through KEYS Online.

KEYS Online

If, upon receipt of an invoice for Preschool fees, you will not be able to pay the amount by the due date, please contact Knox Preschool Services on preschool@knox.vic.gov.au . Fees may be paid in instalments.

Non-payment of fees may mean a child will be unable to attend or continue to attend Preschool with Knox City Council. Please refer to the Fees and Fee Payment Policy and Procedure.

Do I qualify for a Fee Subsidy?

The kindergarten fee subsidy allows children to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before school for free or at low cost.

For further information and to see if you qualify, information can be found on the Department of Education and Training Website - Free and Low Cost Kindergarten

No Jab No Play

As of 1 November 2018, parents and carers of children attending a Knox service are required to provide an updated immunisation history statement as evidence that their child continues to be up to date with immunisations while attending the service twice per year.

Further information can be found on the Department of Education and Training Website - No Jab No Play Regulations.

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