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Preschool/Kindergarten and KEYS Online

Knox City Council is one of the largest and longest serving Preschool Cluster Managers in Victoria. Knox Family and Children’s Services manage 30 preschools across the Municipality and employ over 100 qualified and experienced educators (Teacher Educators and Assistant 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

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

KEYS Online replaces the paper registration process. Families are able to enrol, 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 Preschools on 9298 8000.

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


Who gets Priority of Access


Knox City Council has a Central Registration process for allocating places at preschools managed by Knox City Council. This Central Registration process includes a Priority of Access Policy and Procedure that ensures Preschool Services are accessible and equitable to all families.

The Priority of Access is a points-based system that allocates preschool placements to ensure a fair and equitable enrolment system, outlined in the Preschool Policy and Procedure (PDF)
Higher priority points are allocated to children in Knox who are:

  • Previously deferred
  • Enrolled in or on a waiting list for an early intervention service in Knox
  • Already a user of one of our other early years services
  • From those families identified as vulnerable, according to set criteria

When is my child/children eligible to attend 4 year old Preschool?

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 Range Year Attending
1/5/2011 to 30/4/2012 2016
1/5/2012 to 30/4/2013 2017
1/5/2013 to 30/4/2014 2018
1/5/2014 to 30/4/2015 2019
1/5/2015 to 30/4/2016 2020
1/5/2016 to 30/4/2017 2021

Preschool Offer process

Preschool Fees and Charges

The 2017 Preschool Fee for the year is $1,139.00 per child.

A sibling discount is available for families where more than one child is attending Preschool in the same year. The sibling discount fee is $1,073.40.

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 9298 8000. Fees may be paid in instalments.

What does 'funded preschool place' mean?


The Victorian Government provides funding to Council so children can access a preschool program in the year before they start school. Funded preschool programs cannot be accessed in two different services.

If a place is already being accessed at a different Children’s Service that offers a funded preschool program (e.g. a child care centre), this will be considered your Victorian Government eligible funded preschool place.

Please note that funded preschool is also offered in Council’s Long Day Care Services.
For more information please contact 9298 8000.

Do I qualify for a fee subsidy?

The State Government offer assistance in the form of a fee subsidy to promote participation in preschool and to make preschool fees affordable for families in any of the following circumstances:
If your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
If your child is a triplet or quadruplet attending preschool in the same year.
If your child individually holds or has a parent or guardian who holds one of the following:

  1. Commonwealth Health Care Card
  2. Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card.
  3. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card or White Card.
  4. Refugee visa (subclass 200).
  5. In-country Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 201).
  6. Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202).
  7. Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa (subclass 786).
  8. Protection visa (subclass 866).
  9. Emergency Rescue visa (subclass 203).
  10. Woman at risk visa (subclass 204).
  11. Bridging visas A-E.
  12. ImmiCard.

Find your nearest Preschool

Browse our map of Preschools in Knox.

Frequently Asked Questions about 4 Year Old Preschool

Independent 3 Year old Preschool/Kindergarten

  • 3 year old Preschools are operated by independently incorporated committees. Many of these Preschools operate in Knox Council buildings, and many employ trained preschool teachers. Knox City Council maintains the facilities to regulatory standards however Council does not subsidise the day to day running costs for 3 year old groups. The fees are set by the committee to cover expenses to operate the groups.
  • Three year old groups offer sessions between 2 to 3 hours once or twice a week.
  • Enrolment and enquiries about session times and fees can be made directly to the Enrolment Secretary of these groups.
  • For more information on 3 year preschools in Knox, please refer to the Information for Parents Booklet 2016 including 3yr old contacts (PDF).

Links to Support Services for Families

About Preschool Education and Learning

Educational programs at Knox Preschool Services focus on individual children’s strength and abilities. Educators plan a play-based program to extend each child’s learning and development.

Establishing positive and respectful relationships between children and adults is an important foundation for supporting each child’s wellbeing and sense of themselves as independent and capable learners.

Educators have planned outcomes for each child and the preschool group. The indoor and outdoor play environments are set up with both the group and each child’s interests, skills, development and needs in mind.

Your child’s educators will work in partnership with you to identify and plan for your child’s individual skills, strengths and interests. Throughout the preschool year educators document your child’s learning. You will have opportunity to meet with educators to discuss your child’s learning and have access to records and observations of your child.

Educators at Knox City Council Preschool Services develop programs for children that are based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF).

Early Years Hubs in Wantirna South and Bayswater

Council decided on 26 April 2016 to proceed with the construction of two early years hubs – one at the Knox Gardens Preschool site in Wantirna South, and the other at the Blue Hills Children and Family Centre site in Bayswater. If you have nominated Knox Gardens as a preference for 2017, more information has been included with the Knox Central Enrolment May Update process which offers families the opportunity to review their preferred list of preschool preferences in the year before the child is eligible to attend funded preschool.

If you have nominated Blue Hills as a preference for 2018, further information will be included in May 2017 Knox Central Enrolment May Update process which offers families the opportunity to review their preferred list of preschool preferences in the year before the child is eligible to attend funded preschool.

For further information about the early years hubs project, please visit www.knox.vic.gov.au/eyhubs

Our service commitment

Knox City Council is committed to providing the very best service possible to you and your family. Family satisfaction surveys are conducted annually and educators welcome your feedback about the preschool service at any time.

Translating and Interpreting Service

If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask them to telephone Knox City Council on 03 9298 8000.

For more information

For more information on Council's Preschool service call us on 03 9298 8000.

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