A second year of a kindergarten program may be recommended for children with additional needs or developmental delays.
Repeating 3-year-old kindergarten
Your child can repeat 3-year-old kindergarten if their kindergarten teacher believes it is in their best interests. You will need the teacher's approval and supporting documentation for your child to repeat.
How to apply for a repeat year of 3-year-old kinder
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 on:
Repeating 4-year-old kindergarten
The government provides funds directly to kindergartens for children to attend a single year before they start school.
If your child repeats a year of kindergarten, fees for the extra year may be higher as this repeat year may not be subsidised by the government.
How to apply for a second year of 4-year-old kinder
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 kinder 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:
- Contact the central enrolment team to commence your application to repeat and pay the application fee on 9278 4444 or email [email protected].
- 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.
- Thinking a child is 'young for their age' does not guarantee funding for a second year of kindergarten.
- Applications for a second year of either 3 or 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?