Kindergarten Central Registration

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The Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme has been developed to ensure that all local families have fair and equitable access to community managed kindergarten services in the municipality.

The scheme allows families to register for multiple services on the one registration form and facilitates the placement of children into funded three- and four-year-old kindergarten places. The scheme does not include funded kindergarten places in long day care. 

Free Kindergarten in 2023

Free kindergarten is part of the Victorian Government's $9 billion commitment to expand kindergarten programs across the state.

From 2023, free kindergarten will be available for all Victorian three- and four-year-old children at participating early childhood services, providing a saving of up to $2,500 for families, depending on the setting type.

  • For three-year-olds, this means between 5 and 15 hours per week of a kindergarten program.
  • For four-year-olds, this means 15 hours per week. 

For further information, visit:

Give your child the best start | Victorian Government (


Three- & Four-year-old Kindergarten Registration

Registration for three- and four-year-old kindergarten in Hobsons Bay can be lodged via the online parent portal called the Central Registration System (CRS). On the portal, you will be able to create your family profile and register your child(ren) from the age of one year for three-year-old kindergarten and from the age of two years for four-year-old kindergarten. CRS will also allow you to update your personal details and kindergarten preferences online at any time.

Alternatively, you can download a 3-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration Form(PDF, 915KB)  or 4-Year-Old Kindergarten Registration Form(PDF, 683KB).


So that you have your paperwork ready when registering, you will need the following supporting documents:

  • your child’s birth certificate or passport
  • evidence of residency or rate payer (if applicable)
  • evidence for Priority of Access criteria (if applicable).

If you have completed a paper registration form and you have the relevant supporting documentation attached, you can return the completed form to Council in person, by mail to Hobsons Bay City Council PO Box 21, Altona 3018, or by email to


Online Parent Portal (CRS)

3-year-old Kindergarten Registration Form(PDF, 915KB)

4-year-old Kindergarten Registration Form(PDF, 683KB)

2024 Timetables

3-and-4-year-old Kindergarten 2024 - Brochure(PDF, 574KB)

*Group times and days may change

For information on current vacancies, contact the Kindergarten Central Registration team on 9932 1534.


2025 Timetables

Services who participate in our Kindergarten Central Registration are required to submit their 2025 timetables by 28 March 2024.

2025 Timetables will be available to view after that time. 


Hobsons Bay Kindergarten Central Registration (translated videos)


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Subsidy Cards & Immigration Visas List

Subsidy Cards

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card

  • Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card

  • A Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card (gold or white card)

Immigration Visas

A list of visas can be found in the Early Start Kindergarten information.


How Will I Be Offered A Place?

Four-year-old kindergarten offers of placement are made by Council from July to October the year before your child starts kindergarten.

Three-year-old kindergarten offers of placement are made by Council from August to October the year before your child starts kindergarten.

There are a number of rounds of offers and these will be sent by email if you have provided an email address.

If you choose to accept an offer, you will be contacted by the kindergarten service about enrolment and orientation dates.

If you choose to decline an offer, you can change your preference and stay on the waitlist for an alternate offer.


Priority of Access Criteria

To ensure fair and equitable access and to support all eligible children to participate in a kindergarten program, the Hobsons Bay Kindergarten Central Registration Scheme must use the Department of Education (DE) Priority of Access guidelines when offering kindergarten places.

Priority of Access gives vulnerable families priority at their preferred kindergarten wherever possible, regardless of their home address. Children who meet the local criteria will be given priority after the DE high priority children have been offered a kindergarten place. You can find more information about the 3-& 4-year-old Priority of Access criteria in the below documents.

3 Year Old Priority of Access(PDF, 345KB)

4 Year Old Priority of Access(PDF, 327KB)