Repeating 3-year-old kindergarten

Your child can repeat 3-year-old kindergarten in 2022 if their kindergarten teacher believes it is in their best interests.

There is no option to repeat 3-year-old kindergarten in 2023.

Children accessing 3-year-old kindergarten will transition to 4-year-old kindergarten the following year.

How do you know your child is ready for kindergarten? Read When to start kindergarten for more information.

How to apply for a repeat year of 3-year-old kindergarten in 2022

The kindergarten teacher's approval and supporting documentation is required for your application to repeat 3-year-old kindergarten.

Applications to repeat a year must be submitted before the end of term 2.

To apply for a repeat year at the same kindergarten, contact the central enrolment team for help submitting your application and application fee at [email protected] or call 9278 4444.

Repeating 4-year-old kindergarten

The government provides funds directly to kindergartens for children to attend a single year of 4-year-old kindergarten before they start school.

A second year of a 4-year-old kindergarten program may be recommended for children with additional needs or developmental delays.

If you have concerns about your child's readiness for school speak to their kindergarten teacher. With your permission, the teacher will complete an assessment and potentially reach out to the Preschool Field Officer to discuss.

If the teacher thinks a second year of kindergarten is right for your child, they will contact the Department of Education and Training. The teacher needs to declare that your child is eligible to receive a second year of funding. You will then need to:

  1. Contact the central enrolment team to commence your application to repeat and pay the application fee by email to [email protected] or call 9278 4444.  
  2. To ensure a place is held for a second year at the same kindergarten, you need to complete your enrolment application and pay the relevant fees before the end of term 2.

If the teacher does not recommend a second year of kindergarten, the child will attend school the following year.

Please note:

  • Thinking a child is 'young for their age' does not guarantee funding for a second year of 4-year-old kindergarten.
  • Applications for a second year of 4-year-old kindergarten in a different member kindergarten are treated as new applications.

Visit the Department of Education's website for more information on repeating: Does my child need a second year of kindergarten?

Contact us

For further information contact us on 9278 4444 or email [email protected].

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