Age requirements and enrolment


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Your child can attend kindy in the year they turn 4 years old by 30 June. See if your child starts kindy or schools in 2024. You can also use the kindy calculator below to help you determine your child's start year.​​


Enrolment into kindy

Many services take enrolments all year. Some accept children at any time but others may have a waiting list. 

You can put your child's name on a waiting list before they are old enough to attend. Depending on the service, you may need to enrol your child more than 6 months before the start of the kindy year.

Information required to enrol

When you enrol your child at a kindy, you will be asked to provide:

  • your child’s birth certificate
  • your child’s health and immunisation status
  • details of any court orders, parenting orders or plans, details of any special requirements (disability, food allergies or other needs)
  • details of people allowed to pick up your child and who to contact in an emergency.

Identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

When you enrol your child in an approved kindy program, you will respectfully be asked if your child is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Your kindy will ask this question to make sure you receive the right assistance with your kindy fees. There is a subsidy called the Kindy plus subsidy which assists eligible families to access fee-free kindy.

This data also helps kindies and government better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to participate and engage in kindy.

You may need to tick a box on the enrolment form or a staff member at the kindy may ask you in person.

Example question:

Is the child Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

Example answers:

  • No
  • Yes, Aboriginal
  • Yes, Torres Strait Islander
  • Yes, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Answering yes

When the kindy staff know your child is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, they will:

  • apply the Kindy plus subsidy to your kindy fees to lower the cost of kindy for your child
  • consider any cultural needs your child might have (you can speak with the kindy teacher about your child’s learning and development at any time)
  • include appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the kindy program.

You are not required to provide verification of this.

Answering this question is not mandatory

It is up to you whether you answer the question or not. You do not have to answer and this will not affect your child’s access to kindy. However, if you don’t give this information, your child may not receive the additional subsidy.

You can still identify your child as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander on the enrolment form without accepting the additional subsidy. Talk to your kindy about this.

Last updated 13 September 2023