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When your child can begin kindergarten

3-year-old kindergarten

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, you can register for kindergarten in the year your child turns three (or the following year).  You need to decide when is best for your child to begin kindergarten. You need to make this decision before your child begins kindergarten.

Please note - your child needs to be three years of age before they commence 3-year-old kindergarten.  If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, we will hold your child’s kindergarten place until your child turns three. You will not be charged kindergarten fees for this period.

4-year-old kindergarten

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, they can attend kindergarten when they turn 4 or 5. You need to decide when is best for your child to begin kindergarten. You need to make this decision before your child begins kindergarten.

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has resources to help you decide. You can also seek advice from an early childhood educator at your child's kindergarten.

If you change your mind about when your child should start kindergarten, you must complete our change of kindergarten registration form.

Kindergarten term dates

Find future kindergarten term dates on the Victorian Department of Education and Training website.

Early start kindergarten

Your child may be able to start kindergarten early for two reasons:

  1. They qualify for the Victorian Government's Early Start Kindergarten program (ESK).
  2. They are considered a gifted child.

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