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Enrolments and Free Kinder



  • 15 hours per week for all children

  • Families choose either the Out & About or Bush Kinder program 

  • 3 Year Old Enrolments: Children must turn 3 years old by 30th April in the year of attendance. They cannot attend Kinder until they have turned 3

  • 4 Year Old Enrolments: Children must turn 4 years old by the 30th April in the year of attendance. They can attend from the start of the year even if they have not turned 4

  • Children can enroll throughout the year, where vacancies become available

How Do I Enrol?

Enrolments are processed through the Darebin Portal. See our FAQs page for more information on the enrolment process or watch the video below.


Free Kinder 

  • We run under the FREE KINDER program, there are no mandatory term fees for any children 

  • There are no additional costs for excursions/incursions during the year

  • We do request that families make a small voluntary donation if possible, to support our high-quality programs


Note: Families must agree to have their government funding allocated to Thornbury Kindergarten (and not to another kindergarten or daycare) as part of the enrolment process.

Video: Darebin Kindergarten Registration process

The below video provides an overview of the council registration process. Note that it only references four-year-old kinder, but this information is equally applicable to three-year-old kinder.

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