Kindergartens

Our Central Kindergarten Registration Scheme ensures the whole community can access a fair, equal and timely system for processing kindergarten enrolments.

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How do I apply?

Submit an online application.  

Applications are accepted from: 

  • the beginning of the year prior to your child attending three-year-old kindergarten. 

  • two years prior to attending four-year-old kindergarten. 

You can apply for three-year-old kinder if your child will be three years old by 30 April in the year they will attend three-year-old kinder. They cannot attend the program until they have turned three. 

Please note: Attendance at three-year-old kindergarten is not a guarantee that the child will attend the same kindergarten for four-year-old kindergarten. 

You can apply for four-year-old kinder if your child will be four years old by 30 April in the year they will attend four-year-old kindergarten. 

We encourage you to submit your applications by 30 June. Registrations are accepted after this date. 

Please note: Places are allocated based on Priority of Access Guidelines and date of receipt of application.  

Please see Fact Sheets and Central Kindergarten Registration policy below for more information. 

First round offers for three and four-year-old kindergarten are sent out at the start of August for the following year. We encourage you to respond to the offer as detailed in the letter. Second round offers are sent in September, with subsequent offers made as vacancies become available. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When will I receive my offer?

First round offers for three and four-year-old kindergarten are sent out at the start of August for the following year. We encourage you to respond to the offer as detailed in the letter. Second round offers are sent in September, with subsequent offers made as vacancies become available. 

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For more information

 

Email kindergarten@ballarat.vic.gov.au or call our Family and Children’s Services team on 5320 5720

If you are a current member of the CKR Scheme and need to update any of your details, email kindergarten@ballarat.vic.gov.au with the changes. Please note: It is the responsibility of providers to ensure their details are up to date. 

For Early Years Services which currently provide funded kindergarten programs and would like to join the City of Ballarat CKR Scheme, please click here

For Early Years Services currently in the process of applying to the Department of Education to be a funded kindergarten provider and wish to enquire about joining the City of Ballarat CKR Scheme, please click here

See also: 

Fact sheet for parents and carers 

Fact sheet for providers

Kindergarten provider list

Central Kindergarten Registration Policy

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