3-year-old kindergarten is an optional early childhood learning program.
From 2022, the government will subsidise 5 hours of 3-year-old kindergarten. The subsidies are paid directly to kindergartens for children to attend a single year of 3-year-old kindergarten. Learn more at Kindergarten fees and subsidies.
Research shows that play-based learning supports children’s development and that 2 years are better than 1 when it comes to early learning. Learn more about the benefits of 3-year-old kindergarten.
When to start 3-year-old kindergarten
Each child is different, and we recommend carefully considering your child’s readiness before they start the 3-year-old program as this may have a flow on effect for when they start school.
Most kindergartens require your child to be 3 years of age before they start attending kindergarten.
If you are applying for a kindergarten that is a member of the central enrolment scheme, we recommend that you apply for the first year your child is eligible. Once offered, you can defer your place if you decide to wait until the following year.
How much does 3-year-old kindergarten cost?
Kindergartens set their own fees, which may include a fee to secure you child's place in kindergarten.
Find more about kindergarten fees and subsidies.
How do you enrol in 3-year-old kindergarten?
If you are applying for a place in kindergarten in a long day care centre, an independent school, or a stand-alone kindergarten that is not part of the Boroondara Kindergarten Central Enrolment Scheme (BKCES) you will need to contact them directly. You can use our kindergartens map to find their websites and contact details.