How old should my child be when they start kindergarten?
Children can attend 3 and 4 year old kindergarten before they start primary school. Your child can then start primary school if they turn 5years old by 30 April of the year they start school.
Your child must be enrolled in school by the age of six, unless they have an exemption. So, if your child’s birthday falls before 30 April in the calendar year, you have a choice about whether to enrol your child in school in the year they turn five or the next year. Children learn at different rates, in different ways, and at different times. In some cases, your child may benefit from starting a kindergarten program later.
Victorian Government has created a calculator tool that you can use to determine when your child can start kindergarten.
Simply enter your child’s date of birth. You can access the tool by visiting the Give your child the best start website.
How do I know my child is ready for kindergarten?
Talk to your Maternal and Child Health nurse or a qualified early years educator to help you decide. Kindergarten open days also provide a great opportunity to talk things through with an experienced professional. See tips for starting kindergarten for more information.
The Darebin Central Enrolments Online Portal will be offline on January 31 between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm for scheduled maintenance.
Kindergarten registrations open 1 February 2023. To be eligible for round one allocation, you need to a register before 30 June the year before your child will be attending. All registrations received after 30 June are processed following the round one allocations.
Contact the kindergarten registration team on 03 8470 8825 or email email@example.com if you would like help with registration.
To register your child for kindergarten through the portal. This does not guarantee a place at a kindergarten, but registering your interest gives each kindergarten an idea of how many children they may get.
- Ensure you have selected your kindergarten(s)of choice, you can select up to three services
- Create an account via the Darebin’s Central Enrolment Online Portal
- Fully complete account information as requested
- Upload required documents
- Make payment (if needed)
- Submit registration.
- You will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your registration.
The portal allows you view and update your registration details at any time. It is your responsibility to ensure your details are always correct.
Register your child using a paper registration form
To get a paper registration form, contact the Kindergarten Registration team on 03 8470 8825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to submit a paper form, you will still need to make payment via the Darebin website.