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Kindergarten

Kindergarten and preschool programs for 3 and 4 year old children in Bayside include community delivered sessional services, long day care services and early learning centres (usually within a school setting). Kindergarten programs for 4 year old children are funded and regulated by the Victorian State Government to support every child having access to a year of kindergarten prior to starting school.

How do I register for community delivered kindergarten?

Our formal period to register for 2018 closed 30 June 2017.

You can still register your child online, however your application will not be processed until the applications received in the formal registration period have been allocated and confirmed. You can contact Family Services (03) 9599 4755 to discuss which kindergartens may still have vacancies and can be applied for.

Register online

Download a copy of the 2017 Central Kindergarten Registration Guidelines (PDF, 257.68KB).

Age requirement

  • Children enrolling for a 3 year old program must have turned 3 by the 31 January in the year they attend. In exceptional circumstances, a child who turns 3 in February or March of the year they wish to attend, may be considered for a place if a vacancy remains after the conclusion of the central registration process but they cannot commence until they have turned 3. Contact us on (03) 9599 4755 to discuss your options and eligibility.
  • Children enrolling for a 4 year old program must turn 4 by the 30 April in the year they attend. A child may start 4-year-old kindergarten at the commencement of the kindergarten year even if they have not yet turned four.

How to gauge your child's readiness

It is very important to consider when your child is likely to gain the most benefit from starting school, as this will help you determine when your child's kindergarten experience should commence. Once a child starts 3 year old kinder, their education journey has commenced with an expectation of moving into 4 year old kinder the following year and then school the year after.

Although every child's development is unique, observation and research suggest that children who turn 3 between January and April can benefit significantly from waiting a year and starting kinder the year they turn 4.

You know your child best. However, to help make an informed decision about when to start your child's education journey, you can:

  • Discuss your options with people whose judgement you trust such as your Maternal and Child Health Nurse, kindergarten educators, school teachers (especially foundation and prep) and other parents.
  • Attend kindergarten information sessions. These are displayed in our news and events section.
  • Read up on kinder readiness.

Remember

  • Both 3 and 4 year old programs can have children ranging from 3, 4 and 5 years old in attendance.
  • Your child must be at school in the year that they turn 6 years of age, this is the compulsory school starting age (See the Department of Education and Training for exemptions)
  • Access to a second year of either 3 or 4 year old kinder is only available under limited circumstances and should not be assumed as an automatic entitlement.

When is my child old enough to attend?

If your child was born Can attend 3yo Can attend 4yo
1 May 2012 - 30 Apr 2013   2017
1 Feb 2013 - 31 Jan 2014 2017  
1 May 2013 - 30 Apr 2014   2018
1 Feb 2014 - 31 Jan 2015 2018  
1 May 2014 - 30 Apr 2015   2019
1 Feb 2015 - 31 Jan 2016 2019  
1 May 2015 - 30 Apr 2016   2020
1 Feb 2016 - 31 Jan 2017 2020  
1 May 2016 - 30 Apr 2017   2021
1 Feb 2017 - 31 Jan 2018 2021  

    What are my community delivered kindergarten options?

    Follow the links below to the kindergartens which are part of our Central Registration Service. Each service has its own timetable with some offering extended hours of care.

      What if I decide to wait another year?

      There are other options to consider if you decide to wait a year. Play group, occasional care and family day care are available in the Bayside area and provide opportunities to develop your child's readiness for kinder.