All 4-year-old children are encouraged to attend at least 15 hours per week of kindergarten in the year before they start school. Attending kindergarten has many benefits and is strongly recommended.
Each child is different and we recommend carefully considering your child’s readiness before they start the 4-year-old program as this may have a flow on effect for when they start school.
When to start 4-year-old kindergarten
Each child is different and we recommend carefully considering your child’s readiness before they start the 4-year-old program as this may have a flow-on effect for when they start school. Your child has to be 4 years of age on or before 30 April to be eligible to attend 4-year-old kindergarten in that year.
If your child needs to repeat a year of kindergarten, fees for the extra year may be higher as the kindergarten may not receive funds from the government for this repeat year. Learn more about repeating kindergarten.
How much does 4-year-old kindergarten cost?
Kindergartens set their own fees, which may include a fee to secure you child's place in kindergarten.
Find out more about kindergarten fees and subsidies.
How do you enrol in 4-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.