The Victorian Government is introducing funded three year old kindergarten. This will mean an extra year of learning, playing and making friends for all Victorian children.
Just like with four year old kindergarten, three year old kindergarten programs will be tailored to meet the needs of children. Three-year-old kindergarten will be led by qualified teachers and will support children’s lifelong learning through play-based programs.
Research shows that two years of kindergarten are better than one and taking part in a quality kindergarten program at an earlier age, increases children’s learning, development, health, and wellbeing. It also benefits vulnerable children who may need extra support to achieve better developmental outcomes.
If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin three year old kindergarten in the year they turn three years of age.
Children are not able to commence three-year-old kindergarten until they turn three years of age. If a place is offered and accepted the place will be on hold until your child is eligible to commence kindergarten.
If your child is born between 1 January and 30 April, your child can begin four year old kindergarten in the year they turn four years of age.
Deciding when your child should start kindergarten
Children are encouraged to start kindergarten when they are 3 years of age. Visit the Victorian Government website to determine what year your child can start kindergarten. Registrations for kindergarten open on 1 March two years prior to your child's year of attendance. To find out more, contact Council on 03 9205 2538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.