Children are eligible to attend 3-year-old kindergarten if they will turn 3 years old by the 30th of April in the year of attendance. It is important that children’s early educational experiences are positive as they provide the foundations for when they transition to school and begin their formal learning. If your child is born in the months January through to April, you have the option of sending them in the year they turn 3 or waiting until the following year.

There are several factors that need to be considered when thinking about starting kindergarten. Age is one factor, but more importantly, we need to look at each child’s development and how they are able to cope in a social environment outside the family. For some children, this will be the first time being separated from their main carers.

With the introduction of State Government Funding in 2022, children enrolled in a 3-year-old program will not be able to repeat the following year. A repeat year is only possible in the 4-year-old funded program and is subject to eligibility criteria. For this reason, it is imperative that if you have any doubts about your child being ready to start, you speak to one of our teachers prior to enrolment.

You can find further information regarding kinder readiness can be found here.


As children begin four-year-old kindergarten there is a greater expectation that they can interact appropriately within a large group, concentrate, complete tasks, become involved in all aspects of the kindergarten program.

When considering if your child is ready for four-year-old kindergarten, it’s essential to assess their social, emotional, and practical skills. Key areas to evaluate include their ability to integrate and feel a part of a group, curiosity and engagement with their surroundings, respectfulness and responsiveness to others, and ability to follow routines. Additionally, assess their focus, independence from caregivers, decision-making, responsibility towards the environment, toileting independence, self-help skills, and emotional self-regulation. These factors are crucial for ensuring a smooth transition to kindergarten.

Please note, these expectations are a guide. Not all children develop the same way and not all children will be ready to do these things at the same time. Our program is inclusive and considers the range and diversity of all children’s development and learning styles

We understand that this can be a big decision and our team are here to help. If you would like to discuss your child’s personal circumstances, please email