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Kindergarten Vacancies for 2017

There are currently vacancies in selected 3 and 4 year old kindergarten programs within the municipality for 2017.

To find out which kindergartens currently have vacancies call 9688 0116 or

Central Registration System (CRS)


Maribyrnong City Council's Early Years Team provides a Central Registration System (CRS) as a single point of entry to fair, transparent and equitable access to early years services for all eligible children.

All local community based children’s services participate in the CRS, working in partnership with Council to facilitate registrations for Long Day Care, and Four-year-old Kindergarten and Three-year-old Programs in the City of Maribyrnong.

Registrations can be made anytime after the birth of a child.

• A child must be at least four-years of age on or before 30 April in the year they are eligible to attend four year old kindergarten.
• A child must be three years old prior to attending a three-year-old program.

Families are encouraged to:

• Contact services and arrange to visit before completing an application form and only nominate services where a place will be accepted if offered.
• Attend the three-and-a-half-year-old Maternal and Child Health visit with their child, if not already done so, before starting kindergarten.
• Check their child's immunisation is up to date prior to enrolling in long day care or kindergarten. For more information, click here

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $20 per child is required with each application. There is no charge for families with a valid Commonwealth subsidy card/s and some visas.

How to Apply

Families can apply online or complete an application form (below) for each child.

Families applying online for the first time need to create an account and have electronic copies of the required documents ready. The portal identifies the family by the login email address and unique password. If the password is forgotten a temporary password will be sent to the email address upon request. Follow the on screen instructions to create a new password.

When completing an online application please ensure it is filled correctly, electronic copies of the required documents are uploaded and the application fee is paid (where applicable) before submitting to Maribyrnong City Council.

After the application is submitted, families will receive an email confirming the application.

Once the application is processed by Council Families will be able to view their current registration details, add or withdraw registrations, update their details as required including nominated service preferences, respond to kindergarten offers and make online enquiries at any time.

If you have difficulties logging into the portal please call 9688 0116 or email

Application Form

Download a copy of the Application Form or collect from:

Customer Services at Maribyrnong City Council
Long Day Care Centres
Maternal and Child Health Centres

What to include with the Application Form

>Copy of child’s birth notice, birth certificate, passport or immunisation record.
>Copy of utilities bill or rates notice with family's name and address. Must be the main residence of the child.
>Copy of valid Commonwealth subsidy card/s and some visas, where applicable.
>Other supporting documentation, where applicable.
>Non-refundable application fee payment of $20, where applicable.

The Application Form may be submitted:

In person at Maribyrnong Council Offices with required documentation attached and payment by cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS.
By post with required documentation enclosed and payment by cheque or money order payable to Maribyrnong City Council (please do not send cash by post).

Confirmation of Application
Correctly completed applications will be processed and families will be notified within ten (10) working days confirming their registration details. This is proof of registration and not a guarantee of an offer. Please contact CRS if this is not received.

Update Registration Details

It is the responsibility of families to:
• notify CRS in writing of any changes to their application details e.g. personal details, address, contact numbers, preferences, or
• update their details electronically via their online account.

Priority of Access Criteria

Priority of Access criteria are used to ensure fair, equitable and transparent allocation of Long Day Care and Kindergarten places for all eligible children.
This recognises Commonwealth Government, State Government and local area criteria. Priority of Access Criteria.

Assisting Vulnerable Children and Families

The CRS and partner services support State and Commonwealth Government policies to promote participation of all eligible children, including those that research demonstrates are less likely to be enrolled in early years services. Vulnerable children and families referred to CRS are:

  • Given highest Priority of Access
  • Not held back if unable to provide supporting documentation on application or when allocating places
  • Continuously flagged through updating of data and CRS allocation procedures
  • Referred to and supported by professionals working with vulnerable families with prior consent, such as local area Family Services, Early Years Networks and Referral Agencies/Organisations

Some families and children may identify as vulnerable because of their particular circumstances. This may include children from families with a low income or experiencing problems with housing, domestic violence, substance abuse or mental health; having a young or sole parent, or a parent with a disability. Families that identify with any of the above circumstances may contact Maribyrnong City Council - Early Years on 9688 0116 for assistance.

Key Dates

Date CRS Activity
30 June Last date to change preferences and submit new applications prior to first round offers
Mid to late July First round offers for 4 year old kindergarten
Early August First round offers for 4 year old kindergarten completed
Mid to late August First round offers for 3 year old program
Late August First round offers for 3 year old program completed
Late September Second round offers for 4 year old kindergarten
Mid October Second round offers for 4 year old kindergarten completed
Mid October Second round offers for 3 year old program
Late October Second round offers for 3 year old program completed
October - December Remaining waitlisted families for 4 and 3 year old programs are contacted by Council and provided with vacancy details. Late applications are processed and remaining vacancies are filled.
October - December Child care offers are made to families by long day care services.
Services are notified of accepted offers at the completion of each round.

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

For Term 1 & 2 Central Registration System (CRS) Outreach Sessions click here

Term 1 & 2 Central Registration System (CRS) Outreach Sessions translated in Vietnamese click here

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