Registrations for both three and four year old preschool are managed centrally by Mornington Peninsula Council.

Mornington Peninsula Council Contact Details

Phone: 03 5950 1000

Email: kindergarten@mornpen.vic.gov.au


3 year olds: Children may not attend preschool until they have turned 3. Those children who turn 3 by April 30th may attend after their birthday, or alternatively wait until the next calendar year to enrol. Please note that full payment in advance of term one fees is required to hold a position, regardless of when a child turns 3 and commences attendance at preschool.

4 year olds: Children must turn 4 years by April 30th in the year they attend Preschool.


Payments of Preschool fees are made one full term in advance to ensure your child’s place is available.

Fees will be sent our prior to the Annual General Meeting. There are multiple ways your can pay fees, however, fees that are paid upfront receive a 5% discount. 

Term one fees are due at the Annual General Meeting [AGM] held in November; a full term’s fees is required to secure your child’s placement. All remainder fees are due one term in advance, for example term 2’s fees are due at the beginning of term 1.



Payment Procedure

To limit cash handling by volunteer parents, staff and to avoid storing cash at the Preschool we ask all parents to pay directly into the Bittern Preschool account held at the Bendigo Bank in Hastings or via internet banking.

Direct Deposit Banking Details

Account Name: Bittern Preschool
BSB: 633 000
Account Number: 144376860
Reference: Please include your child’s name and the relevant term: e.g. SMITH John T2


If you are a Health Care Card Holder it is your responsibility to make sure that the Fees Officer is aware and has sighted and recorded the cards expiry details. The Health Care Card must be current for the period you are paying for.

Fees Discount

A 5% discount is offered to both 3 and 4 year old families if the full amount for the year is paid upfront at the Annual General Meeting only.

Households with more than one child attending will receive a 5% discount on the second child’s fees (lowest fees) only when payment is made on or prior to the due date. If you are paying for your children upfront at the AGM the second child’s payment will only receive the 5% discount once.

The committee will review annually whether discounts will be offered each year and the amount that will be offered.

Health Care Card Holders

We apply for the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy and pass this on by way of reduced fees for families who hold a current concession card. This subsidy is allocated by the government half yearly. Application for funding for the second half of the year takes place in July. All families will need to present their current Health Care Card or Pension Card on expiry of the old one in order to be entitled to the reduced fees. Any families who no longer hold a current concession card will not be eligible.

Refund Policy

Fees are non-refundable. Refunds/pro rata refunds apply only in the following cases:
1. Up to the commencement of Term 1, a full refund of the fee deposit may be given on written application to the committee. The decision will be at the committee’s discretion.

2. Up to the commencement of Term 1, a partial refund of the fee deposit will be given to families eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy on sighting the supporting documentation.

3. If a family becomes eligible for the kindergarten fee subsidy during a term, a full refund of the applicable term fees (and fee deposit for Term 1) will be provided. Note that fees may apply for programs offered for more than ten hours per week.

4. On commencement of Term 1, no partial refunds for term fees will be available (except as applied in point 3 above). If the child leaves before the end of the term, no pro-rata refund will be available for that term. Written notice of departure is required prior to the invoicing period for the next term.

5. The committee may consider a partial refund in exceptional circumstances. Applications for a refund must be in writing and must clearly outline the reasons why the child ceased to attend the centre. Any refund will be at the discretion of the committee and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. An administration fee may be applied.

6. Refunds may be provided when the child’s place is able to be filled after the child has left the centre.

There will be no refund of fees due to a child’s short-term illness; public holidays; family holiday during operational times; closure of the centre for one or more days when a qualified staff member is absent and a qualified reliever is not available; closure of the centre for staff training days; or closure of the centre in extreme and unavoidable circumstances.