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​When do I send my child to Kindergarten? 

Research shows that engaging children in high-quality learning experiences benefits all children and their families.

These can improve a child’s learning and development outcomes, emotional wellbeing, their longer-term educational and social outcomes and life experience. It is vital that children receive these benefits when they are emotionally and socially ready for the experience.

Government Funding

The Federal and State Governments provide kindergarten funding to subsidise 15 hours of kindergarten for each child, in the year before school.

A second year of kindergarten is available for children who meet the eligibility criteria and are deemed to have a developmental delay in at least two areas. It is important to note that the majority of children are only eligible for ONE year of funded kindergarten. From 2014, children who withdraw from a funded program once they commence will not be eligible for a second year anywhere in Victoria. 

How old should my child be?

Children are eligible to attend kindergarten if they are turning 4 before the end of April in any given year.

Some parents choose to wait an extra year especially if their child is born between January and April. The conversations about when a child is ready for kindergarten and also when a child is ready for school need to take place before the child begins their funded kindergarten year. 

As each child is only eligible for one year of funded kindergarten, it is important to determine when they would benefit most from starting school and enrol to attend kindergarten the year before that.

Your decision is critical with long reaching implications for your child. 

Who can advise me?

Maternal and Child Health Services and kindergarten staff provide valuable information to parents about when to begin the more formal educational journey. Some families may choose to enrol in Pre-Kinder the year prior to their funded kindergarten program. 

It is important that families take the time to make an informed decision now.

Please make an appointment at your local kindergarten to discuss this with your child’s prospective teacher. Alternatively you could talk to your Pre-Kinder teacher, Long Day Care Provider or your local Maternal and Child Health Centre.

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