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Play area at the Birch Street Children and Family Centre in Bayswater

Knox Council kindergarten services

Knox Family and Children’s Services manage 30 kindergartens (formerly referred to as preschools) and employ over 100 qualified and experienced educators across the municipality. We have a long history of providing quality education and care programs for children.

From 2022, families will be able to access a two-year funded kindergarten program at Council run services. This includes:

  • a 5-hour a week kindergarten program for three-year-olds, and
  • a 15-hour a week kindergarten program for four-year-olds.

Funded three-year-old kindergarten is new. Its introduction is part of the Victorian Government’s kindergarten reform, which is the largest reform of early childhood education in Victoria’s history.

Research shows that a child who attends two years of a quality kindergarten program will, on average, have better cognitive and social skills when they start school, including better development in language, independence, and concentration.

The kindergarten years are important for every child. They encourage 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

When is my child/children eligible to attend kindergarten?

To be eligible to attend a kindergarten service, your child must be three or four years old by 30 April of the year they start kindergarten .

Birth Date Year Attending
3 yr old
Year Attending
4 yr old
When can I register?
1/5/2016 to 30/4/2017 - 2021 Now open
1/5/2017 to 30/4/2018 - 2022 Now Open for 4 yr old
1/5/2018 to 30/4/2019 2022 2023 Register your interest now for 3 yr old
1/5/2019 to 30/4/2020 2023 2024
1/5/2020 to 30/4/2021 2024 2025

Types of funded kindergarten programs

Families have a choice of quality services provided by Council and external providers. This provides services for the diversity of family care arrangements and circumstances.

Which funded preschool program is right for my family?
Click to enlarge - Which Funded Kindergarten/Preschool Program is Right for My Family?

Registering for a Knox City Council 3 or 4 year old kindergarten place

Our KEYS Online portal allows families to register, pay fees, view and accept offers for kindergarten.

  • To be eligible to enrol in three-year-old kindergarten, your child must be three years old by 30 April of the year they start kindergarten.
  • To be eligible to enrol in four-year-old kindergarten, your child must be four years old by 30 April of the year they start kindergarten.
  • You can register your child from 1 April the year prior to them starting kindergarten.

If your child turns three by 30 April 2022, you can register them now to attend three-year-old kindergarten next year.

If your child turns four by 30 April 2022, you can register them now to attend four-year-old kindergarten next year.

KEYS Online

Please note, children can no longer be registered from birth, and families will need to register from 1st April the year prior to their child starting kindergarten.

2022 Proposed Sessions

KEYS Online tips

  • You will need to create an account if it’s the first time you’re accessing the portal. If you are a family with a child already enrolled you will have received an email with login details.
  • If you are unsure whether you have an account, please contact Knox Kindergarten Services
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your details are correct to allow us to process your application and to ensure your child can receive their kindergarten offer.
  • Updates made in KEYS Online may take up to 2 weeks to be reflected in the portal, in peak times such as Registrations opening, offers etc.

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 kindergarten application. This will also ensure that your child can receive their kindergarten offer.

Priority of access information

Offers will be processed using the Knox Early Years Services (KEYS) Online system, according to the Priority of Access Criteria - Funded Kindergarten Registration and Enrolment Procedure to ensure Kindergarten Services are accessible and equitable.

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

Fees & Charges 2021

As per advice from the Victorian State Government, families will not be charged fees for sessional kindergarten in 2021.

Fees & Charges 2022

Kindergarten fees for 2022 will be announced mid 2021.

Funded Kindergarten Program

The Victorian Government provides funding to support children to access a high quality kindergarten program. The funding is a contribution towards meeting the costs of the kindergarten program.

Your child can only be funded for a kindergarten place at one service at a time and only for one year for each of their kindergarten years (unless your child is assessed as being eligible for a second funded year of 4 year old kindergarten by your child's kindergarten teacher).

If your child will be attending another children's service that offers a funded kindergarten program, you must tell that service that Knox City Council Kindergarten Service will be claiming funding for your child

Introducing the Kinder Tick

Kinder Tick

The Victorian Government is making it easier for families to find funded and approved kindergarten programs with the Kinder Tick. When you see the Kinder Tick, you can be confident:

  • the program will be led by a qualified teacher
  • children will benefit from play-based learning
  • the kindergarten program is funded and approved by the Victorian Government
  • the program meets government guidelines and complies with the National Quality Framework.

All Knox City Council kindergartens run an approved program so look out for the Kinder Tick. Find out more about the Kinder Tick.

No Jab No Play

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.

Family Involvement

Knox City Council is one of the largest and longest serving Early Years Management in Victoria. We value partnerships with families and so encourages families to be involved in their child’s kindergarten year.
Our Parent Group model provides parents a great opportunity to become involved in the care and education of their children by:

  • participating at their local kindergarten
  • connecting with families at other kindergarten in their local area
  • supporting Council in municipal-wide objectives for children and families

For more information, visit Early Years Committees and Parent Groups.

Frequently Asked Questions about Kindergarten

Transition to School - Parent Information Pack

Links to Support Services for Families

About Kindergarten Education and Learning

Educational programs at Knox Kindergarten Services focus on individual children’s strengths 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 kindergarten 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 kindergarten 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 Kindergarten 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).

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 kindergarten 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 Kindergarten service call us on 03 9298 8000.

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