4 Year Old Kinder

Four-year old Program
We provide a government funded kindergarten program that follows the National Quality Framework and is delivered by registered Early Childhood Teachers and qualified Educators.  We are currently rated “Meeting”  under the National Quality Standards.

Eligible children must have turned four years of age by April 30th of the year they are to attend.

Families of children who are turning 4 between January 1 and April 30 have a choice about whether their child will commence school in the year they turn five, or the following year.  Educators are required by the Department of Education to discuss with families their child’s readiness for starting kinder and school and to inform them of their choice as to when their child commences kindergarten and school.

The kindergarten curriculum is a play based curriculum that strongly values the importance of children’s play in developing their social identity, communication skills, how they view themselves and the world around them and supports the way in which young children learn.  We have an emphasis on outdoor and nature play throughout the program which provides children with strong connections to nature and the environment.   

The curriculum follows the children’s emerging interests, the teachers intentional teaching and knowledge of child development and the families and community’s interests, beliefs and values.  Literacy, numeracy, science, music, art, sensory play, are all promoted throughout the program.


  • Children must turn four years old by 30 April in their year of attendance.
  • Priority of places in four-year old group will always be given to eligible children in accordance with our Human Services Funding Agreement and in line with the Department’s Priority for Allocating Places Policy.
How to apply

Applications open 1st May in the year prior to attending.  All 4 year old applications are managed by the City of Kingston under the ‘Central Enrolment Scheme‘.  Complete the online enrolment form and submit to the City of Kingston. At the time of submitting an application, a non-refundable fee is required to be paid. There is no charge for Concession card holders

The Council will notify parents if they have gained a place during the three allocation rounds, and parents are required to accept/decline/defer their place to Council in the first instance.  Information on this process will be provided to you directly from Council, not from Chelsea Kinder.   For each child who gains a place at Chelsea Kinder, will will contact you by email asking you to confirm your enrolment with us.  You will receive regular email updates from us regarding the enrolment process, including payment of the $200 annual Membership fee ($100 Concession rate),  which is required before your child’s place in the program is confirmed.  This payment is to be made via direct bank deposit (not credit card).  It is important that you respond to our enrolment email requests, as we rely on this information to allocate your child to a group.

All enrolment forms will be completed online – you will not be required to fill out a paper version of this form as in the past.  You will also be required to upload a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and Immunisation History Statement, as well as provide details if you are claiming a valid Concession of any type (eg health care card, pension card etc). 

If you need any assistance please contact the kinder on 9772-2788 or email the Enrolments Officer at chelsea.kin.enrolments@kindergarten.vic.gov.au