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Knox Council kindergarten fees

As advised by the Victorian Government, as a result of COVID-19, families will not be charged fees for sessional kindergarten in 2021.

The annual fees for Council kindergarten in 2022:

  • Three-year-old sessions: $584
  • Four-year-old sessions: $1,752

View 2021 kindergarten fees

View 2022 kindergarten fees 

About Knox Council kindergarten fees

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 three and four-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 three or four-year-old program. Some children may be eligible for a second year of four-year-old kindergarten.

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

Paying fees

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 Or you can call Kindergarten Services on 9298 8000.

You may be able to pay the fees in instalments.

Kindergarten Fee Subsidy

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

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 further details, you can view our kindergarten fees factsheet.

For other queries, please email and we will get back to you.

Or call our Kindergarten Services on 9298 8000.


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