Three-Year-Old Program

What is a three-year-old program?

Three-year-old programs are designed to enhance the developmental, social, emotional and language skills of young children.

They are offered for limited hours per week by diploma qualified educators or in some services a degree qualified kindergarten teacher.

Three-year-old programs adhere to Priority of Access Criteria.(PDF, 598KB)

At what age can my child attend?

Your child must be 3 years old to attend.

Child's Date of Birth  3-year-old-program 
 1 May 2015 - 30 Apr 2016       2019
 1 May 2016 - 30 Apr 2017    2020
 1 May 2017 - 30 Apr 2018 2021
 1 May 2018 - 30 Apr 2019 2022
 1 May 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 2023
 1 May 2020 - 30 Apr 2021 2024



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 do three-year-old programs cost?

Three-year-old programs are a full fee service with costs charged direct by the individual service.

Three-year-old-programs receive no government subsidies.

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

Important dates

You can register for three-year-old programs at anytime after your child is born.

To be part of first round offers you must register before 31 July the year before your child is eligible to attend.


Three-Year-Old Programs

31 July

Registrations close


 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.

 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 three-year-old programs

A list of all community-managed three-year-old programs in the City of Maribyrnong.

Register your child for three-year-old programs

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 three-year-old programs, please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

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