3 Year Old Enrolment

Thank you for your interest in our 3 year old program. Our experienced educators are committed to providing quality play based learning opportunities for your child.

Great news for families! From 2022 the Victoria State Government will provide funding for three year old kinder as well as four year old kinder. This means eligible children will be able to have two years of funded kindergarten from 2022. Funding will commence in 2022 for a minimum of 5 hours per week. For more information please visit www.vic.gov.au/kinder 

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To apply for our program applications are made the year prior to your child’s intended start date from 1st May to 30th June to be considered for a first round offer, however you can apply outside of these dates and if there are any available positions they will be offered or alternately you will be notified that your child is on a waitlist.

The Kindergarten has as open door policy so you are welcome to visit anytime to see a session in action and talk to our experienced educators, otherwise each year we have an open day which welcomes all parents and children to come along and check out the kindergarten please see our event page for additional information.



Children must turn 3 by 30 April in the year of attendance. Standard criteria applies.  

  • If the child is sent a letter of offer it will not be until at least 1st of November the year prior to attendance.

  • Children cannot attend kinder until they have turned 3. This means for some children born between Jan- April, your child could miss the first few weeks or the whole of the first term.

  • Children can no longer repeat 3 year old kinder as it is now funded by the government, they will progress into a 4 year old program. 

  • If you or the educators hold concerns about your child's development, a second year of 4 year old kinder may be considered if they have a developmental delay in 2 or more areas.

  • Acceptance into our 3 year old program does not guarantee a place in our 4 year old program. You will need to apply for the 4 year old program once enrolments open in May. Enrolments are made and managed by Kingston Council and unfortunately Chelsea Heights Kinder has no control over allocations.



To apply for the three year old program you must apply via the Kingston Council website. www.kingston.vic.gov.au/centralregistration. Kingston charge a $23 application fee for kinder enrolment which is paid directly to Kingston Council when you apply for a place at Chelsea Heights Kinder. This is not a fee that is set by the Kindergarten but by the central enrolment office of council.

Applications for 2023 will be open from 1 May 2022. In principle we will follow the councils criteria for both three and four year old groups.


We usually have an Open Day in April each year for the following years children to come and have a look around the kinder, chat to the teachers and learn more about our wonderful kinder. Join our private Facebook 2023 Enrolments group at the bottom of this page to keep you informed on important enrolment information and dates.

Children allocated a place will receive an email of offer from Kingston Council by mid July the year prior to starting kinder. To accept an offer, parent/guardians must respond by the date stated in their letter of offer to secure a place. Failure to do so will result in the allocated space being deemed as available for reallocation. 

Families who wish to accept the placement must deposit a non refundable $100 to secure your child's place. 

Children that have secured a place at the kinder will then be invited to a Meet & Greet day where they have another chance to see the kinder and meet follow class mates. This is usually held in Term 4.

Parents will also be invited to an adults only information night to explain more about the program and a chance for parents to have any questions answered, held in Term 4.

Throughout this process you will be asked to return some paperwork including your child’s birth certificate, immunisation records, permission form and a confidential enrolment forms.

Group Allocations

You request what group you would like when you fill out your registration form. Kingston central registration team then do the allocations based on their set criteria. Unfortunately Chelsea Heights Kinder have no say in who gets allocated to which groups.

Waiting List

From time to time vacancies arise through children moving away or unable to take the place. A waiting list is maintained to fill vacancies. For the most up to date information on vacancies and the waiting list please call Kingston Council central registration team.

No Jab, No Play

From 1 January 2016, an early childhood education and care service cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/carer has provided documentation that shows the child:

• is fully vaccinated for their age; or

• is  on a recognised catch-up schedule and is on track with the catchup schedule; or

• has a medical reason not to be vaccinated



We ask that fees are paid a term in advance as this ensures that funding is allocated where it needs to be, our fees do include excursions and incursions, we do however have some fundraising to help maintain and furnish our beautiful kindergarten.




* Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the committee of management, prices reflected are an indication only. Per term rate will be advised when a letter of offer is sent.

Sessional kindergartens are not eligible for CCS - Child Care Subsidy

2023 Fees

2023 Timetable - 3's Koalas & Joeys



Feel free to join our 2023 Enrolments Facebook group to keep up to date.

Information Booklet

To Learn more about our kindergarten please read the information handbook

2022 Fees
Term Fees
Registration Fee
Total Term Fee *
Three Year Old Program (per term)
Term Fee
Yearly Fee
Four Year Old Fees (per term fees)
Three Year old Fees (per term fees)