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Knox Council kindergarten fees

View the fees for Council kindergarten programs in 2022 and 2023, and information on how to pay. 

2023 fees

The annual fees for Council kindergarten in 2023 are:

  • 3-year-old sessions: $0
  • 4-year-old sessions: $0

The Victorian State Government has announced free kindergarten for 2023. This means that there will be no fees charged to families for 3 or 4 year old kindergarten in 2023.

2022 fees

The annual fees for Council kindergarten in 2022 are:

  • 3-year-old sessions: $584
  • 4-year-old sessions: $1,752

Download the 2022 kindergarten fee schedule.

About Knox Council kindergarten fees in 2022

Council-run kindergartens are funded through both Victorian Government funding and parent fees. The Victorian Government funding keeps parent fees low.

The Victorian Government will provide funding for all 3 and 4 year old children in Victoria to attend kindergarten from 2022.

Some children are eligible to receive the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. This is extra funding that allows eligible children to access kindergarten for free.

Your child can only be funded for a kindergarten place at 1 service at a time. Usually, this is only for 1 year each for a 3 or 4 year old program. Some children may be eligible for a second year of 4 year old kindergarten.

Some 3 year old children may receive the subsidy for Early Start programs.

Paying fees in 2022

You can pay kindergarten fees via KEYS Online.

KEYS Online is an online portal for the registration and management of your child’s information at kindergarten. You will need to register for an account.

Access Keys Online

Invoices are sent by email in:

  • December (before the beginning of term 1)
  • March
  • July
  • September

Families without email addresses may receive their invoices by post.

Non-payment of fees

Non-payment of fees may mean your child cannot attend kindergarten with Knox City Council.

If you are unable to pay by the due date, email kindergarten@knox.vic.gov.au. Or you can call Kindergarten Services on 9298 8000.

You may be able to pay the fees in instalments.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy in 2022

The Victorian Government kindergarten fee subsidy allows eligible children to access kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for free or at low cost.

Subsidy eligibility

Your child will be eligible to access free or low-cost kindergarten if:

  • Your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • It states on your child's birth certificate that they are a multiple birth child (triplets or more)
  • You, or your child holds:
    • a Commonwealth Health Care Card
    • a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card
    • Department of Veteran Affairs Gold or White card
    • Refugee or asylum seeker visa (200-204, 786 or 866)
    • Bridging visa for any of the above refugee or asylum seeker visas

Claiming the subsidy

Council claims the kindergarten fee subsidy on behalf of families. The kindergarten fee subsidy is paid directly to Council.

For Council to claim the subsidy, you must upload a copy of your child's eligibility documentation (e.g. concession card).

Once the subsidy is approved, your child will be able to attend a Council-run kindergarten for free.

Find out more about the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy.

Sibling or multiple birth fees in 2022

If you have 2 or more children attending kindergarten in the same year, you are entitled to a 10% discount on the second or other child’s fees.

Families who have triplets or quadruplets can receive the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. The children can then attend kindergarten at no cost (or minimal cost). The subsidy aims to lessen the financial burden faced by families that have 3 or more children attending kindergarten.

Need help?

For other queries, please email kindergarten@knox.vic.gov.au and we will get back to you.

Or call our Kindergarten Services on 9298 8000.

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