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Starting kindergarten

From 1 July 2021, Council will no longer be registering children for kindergarten from birth. Families will be able to register their child for kindergarten in the year before their child turns 3.  

Kindergarten age calculator

We have a handy tool to help you calculate when your child can attend 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten based on the year they were born.

To use the calculator, enter your child's date of birth. The calculator will tell you:

  • The year your child can start 3 or 4-year-old kindergarten
  • How old they will be when they start kindergarten
  • How old they will be when they start school

Kindergarten options

Calculated for a child born on Date of Birth .

Year Age at January Kindergarten program
     
     
     

Your child is eligible to start 3-year-old kindergarten this year.

 

Research has shown that attending two years of kindergarten supports better learning outcomes for children.

 

Your child will be   when they start school in  .

Your child is eligible to start 4-year-old kindergarten this year.

 

Research has shown that attending kindergarten supports better learning outcomes for children.

 

Your child will be   when they start school in  .

Your child is eligible to start 3-year-old kindergarten this year, or can wait until next year.

 

Your child must be 3 years old before they commence kindergarten. We will hold your child’s kindergarten place until your child turns 3 and you will not be charged fees for this period. When your child turns 3, they can start to attend 3-year-old kindergarten.

 

You need to decide when is best for your child to begin kindergarten. Research has shown that attending two years of kindergarten supports better learning outcomes for children.

 

If they start 3 year old kinder this year they will be   when they start school in  .

Your child is eligible to start 3 year old or 4 year old kindergarten this year

 

Research has shown that attending kindergarten supports better learning outcomes for children.

 

If they start 4 year old kindergarten this year they will be will be   when they start school in  .

Your child is eligible to start 4-year-old kindergarten or school this year.

 

Attending 4-year-old kindergarten is recommended as research has shown it supports better learning outcomes.

 

If they start 4 year old kindergarten this year they will be   when they start school in  .

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Deciding when your child should start kindergarten

Children born between January and April have the option to start kindergarten when:

  • 3-year old kindergarten in the year your child turns 3 or 4 years old
  • 4-year-old kindergarten in the year your child turns 4 or 5 years old

What should I look for in deciding which year to send my child?

It is important to look at your child’s skills and abilities rather than their age. Areas of development which are of particular importance for making a decision are:

  • Emotional skills—such as maturity, confidence and ability to cope with change 
  • Social skills—how well they engage with other children

Where can I seek further support from?

We have Preschool Field Officers that can offer assistance to families in making the decision of when to start kindergarten. Read more about how to get extra help for your child at kindergarten or you can contact a Preschool Field Officer by emailing psfo@casey.vic.gov.au or calling 9705 5200 and requesting to speak to one.

 

How do I register my child?

Please visit our registration page or contact a Kindergarten Enrolment and Planning Officer via 9705 5200 or kinderenrolment@casey.vic.gov.au

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 4-year-old 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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