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Child Friendly City Greater Dandenong

How Much Does Kindergarten Cost?

The Victorian government provides funding to  early years services to support the cost of operating a funded kindergarten program.  Fees are set by individual services and can vary depending on how many hours your child attends, group size and extra costs such as excursions.

How can I access free or low cost kindergarten for children in the year before school?

Your child may be eligible for free or low-cost kindergarten through the kindergarten fee subsidy or the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant.

Kindergarten fee subsidy

The kindergarten fee subsidy allows children to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before school for free or at low cost.

Your child is eligible in any of the following circumstances:

  • If your child identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander ​​

  • If your child is identified on their birth certificate as being a multiple birth child (triplets or more).

  • If your child holds or has a parent or guardian who holds, one of the following: a Commonwealth Health Care  Card

  • A Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card

  • A Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or White Card​

  • Refugee or Asylum Seeker visa (200-204 or 866)

  • An ImmiCard

If your family or child has a humanitarian or refugee visa listed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which is not included in the above list, your child may still be eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy. Please speak to your kindergarten service for more information.

How do I apply?

You can talk to the staff at your kindergarten service about your child's eligibility, and show them your concession card, visa, birth certificate or other relevant document.

Your kindergarten service will apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy on your behalf. The payment will be made directly to your child's kindergarten and will allow your child to attend up to 15 hours a week for free or at low-cost.

You can apply for the kindergarten fee subsidy at any time during the year, even i​f your child moves to another kindergarten.

The cost of kindergarten varies depending on which kindergarten your child attends. The Victorian Government provides free kindergarten to the following eligible families:

  • Those on concession cards, health care cards and/or Department of Veterans’ Affairs gold cards

  • Refugees, special humanitarian entrants and those on asylum seeker visas

  • Triplets and quadruplets in the same year of kindergarten can receive a kindergarten program for 10 hours a week for free. The number of hours may differ in some kindergartens and/or services, as the Early Years sector is currently undergoing a major review, this amount of free hours is in the process of transition

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged three and four years old can access up to 10 hours a week of a funded early childhood program planned and delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher

For information on costs contact our Central Enrolment Officer on 8571 1817, your local kindergarten, or visit the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.

Further information:

Early Start Kindergarten Funding

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children - Koori Kids Shine

Translated Resources - Free and Low Cost Kindergarten