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When your child can begin 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.  

3-year-old kindergarten

Children born between 1 January and 30 April 

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin 3-year-old kindergarten in the year they turn 3 or 4. Your child needs to be 3 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 3. You will not be charged kindergarten fees for the period while they are waiting to turn 3. Once your child turns 3, they can start to attend the 3-year-old kindergarten program.

You need to decide when is best for your child to begin kindergarten. You need to make this decision before your child begins kindergarten. 

4-year-old kindergarten

Children born between 1 January and 30 April 

If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin 4-year-old kindergarten in the year 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. 

Deciding when your child should start kindergarten

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) has resources to help you decide when your child should begin kindergarten.

Council also has Preschool School Field Officers who can assist families making a decision. Please contact us and ask to speak with a PreSchool Field Officer or email at psfo@casey.vic.gov.au 

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 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.

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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