What is 4-year-old kindergarten?

Four-year-old kindergarten provides play-based learning programs for 4-year-old children the year before they go to school.

It is a one-year, State Government subsidised program that offers a minimum of 15-hours a week across 2 or 3 days, provided by a qualified kindergarten teacher.

2021 Four Year Old and Three year Old Kindergarten Proposed Timetable

At what age can my child attend?

You child must be 4-years-old on or before 30 April in the year they start kindergarten.

Child's Date of Birth     4-year-old kindergarten 
 1 May 2016 - 30 Apr 2017      2021
 1 May 2017 - 30 Apr 2018      2022
 1 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019      2023
 1 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020      2024
 1 May 2020 - 30 Apr 2021      2025


Has your child been immunised?

Children need to be immunised to attend childcare and/or kindergarten.

You will need a  copy of your child's immunisation schedule to enrol.

Immunisation sessions are offered by Council's Maternal and Child Health service.


How much does kindergarten cost?

Costs are charged direct by the individual kindergarten service.

Contact your preferred service/s for a  schedule of fees.

4-year-old kindergarten is subsidised by the State and Commonwealth Governments.

Financial assistance is available

Additional financial assistance may be available to eligible families. Contact your preferred service/s for more information.

Important dates

You can register for kindergarten at anytime after your child is born.


4-Year Old Kindergarten

July/August First round offers


Second round offers

From October

Remaining waitlisted families provided with vacancy details. If you do not receive an offer your child will remain on the waitlist.
 From November Non residents go through offers (subject to change) 

 You can register at any time except during the first and second round allocations (approximately 2 weeks each).

Once you have accepted an offer, the service will contact you for orientation and enrolment.

Find 4-year-old kindergarten services

For a list of all community-managed 4-year-old kindergarten services in the City of Maribyrnong.

Register your child for 4-year-old kindergarten

Find out everything you need to know about registering your child through our Central Registration Service (CRS), including how to register.

Keep your details up-to-date

It is essential you keep your contact and preference details up-to-date, so you have the best chance of being offered a place at your preferred service/s.

You can update your details at any time through the CRS online portal or by contacting our CRS team.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any additional queries about 4-year-old kindergarten, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need further assistance please contact the CRS team: 9688 0116 or

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