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Before Enrolment

Before enrolling your child in Kindergarten there are some things you should consider.

It is recommended that you visit any Kindergarten services you are interested in.We also recommend that you view information such as session times, kindergarten photos and the service philosophy here >

The Department of Early Childhood has also put together some useful information on choosing the right kindergarten program for you and your child.

Choosing a Kindergarten Program - DET Choosing a Kindergarten Program - DET (661 KB)


Children with Additional Needs or Disability

If you have a child with a disability or additional needs the Kindergarten Inclusion Tip Sheets from the Association for Children with a Disability may be of assistance.

Included in this 28 pages, are 3 Parent Stories, information regarding Kindergarten Inclusion Support, Choosing a Kinder and a 2nd year of Kindergarten. This is all similar to the brochures listed at the bottom of the page, however they are specific to the needs of children with a disability. 

Kindergarten Inclusion Tip Sheets Kindergarten Inclusion Tip Sheets (7001 KB)



Under ‘No Jab, No Play’ what documentation is required as evidence of up-to-date vaccination?Hide

Previously existing legislation already required that immunisation status information be provided on enrolment, however the immunisation status of the child was not considered.

Now the 'No Jab, No Play' law is in effect, to finalise enrolment for a child in long day care, kindergarten, family day care or occasional care, parents/carers have to provide the service with an immunisation status certificate that shows their child:

  • is up to date with vaccinations for their age OR
  • is on a vaccine catch-up schedule OR
  • has a medical condition preventing them from being fully vaccinated.

An immunisation status certificate is a statement showing the vaccines a child has received. The most common type of immunisation status certificate is an Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR).

Parents/carers can get a copy of their child’s Immunisation History Statement:



Maternal Child Health 3.5 Year Old Assessment

Though not compulsary, it is recommended that you have your child attend the Maternal Child Health Nurse for a 3 1/2 year old assessment.

At this consultation your toddler's growth, health and development will be reviewed and your nurse will give you information about starting kindergarten. Your toddler will also be given a vision screening.

This consultation will focus on:

Other areas you might want to talk about:

Please tell the nurse if your child is:


Maternal and Child Health 3.5 Year Healthy Kids Check

If your child has had their third birthday and has not yet turned five, you may wish to arrange for them to have a Healthy Kids Check.

A Healthy Kids Check is available to all children at or around the time of their four-year-old immunisation and helps to ensure that children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

The aim of the Healthy Kids Check is to improve the health and well-being of Australian children and promote early detection of lifestyle risk factors, delayed development and illness. It also provides the opportunity to discuss with your family doctor or practice nurse, guidance on healthy lifestyles and early intervention strategies for your child.

A Healthy Kids Check will include an assessment of your child’s height and weight, an assessment of their eyesight, hearing and oral health and discussion about their toilet habits and known or suspected allergies.

In Victoria you are able to have your child’s Healthy Kids Check at your local Maternal and Child Health centre. The three and a half year key ages and stages consultation is recognised as the Healthy Kids Check.


Helpful Resources

Below are a number of documents that may also assist you in making the right decisions for your child:


Children's Learning and Development - DET Children's Learning and Development - DET (71 KB)

Choosing a Kindergarten Program - DET Choosing a Kindergarten Program - DET (661 KB)

Free or Low-Cost Kindergarten - DET Free or Low-Cost Kindergarten - DET (201 KB)

Starting Kindergarten, When is the Right Time? - DET Starting Kindergarten, When is the Right Time? - DET (100 KB)

Why Should My Child go to a Kindergarten Program? - DET Why Should My Child go to a Kindergarten Program? - DET (114 KB)

Join a Kindergarten Community Join a Kindergarten Community (151 KB)

Sharing Our Journey - DET Sharing Our Journey - DET (615 KB)

Supporting Aboriginal Children and Their Families Supporting Aboriginal Children and Their Families (207 KB)

What is Early Start Kindergarten? - DET What is Early Start Kindergarten? - DET (696 KB)

Does My Child Need a Second Year of Kindergarten - DET Does My Child Need a Second Year of Kindergarten - DET (102 KB)

Important Information About Court Orders and Your Child's Kindergarten Service - DET Important Information About Court Orders and Your Child's Kindergarten Service - DET (266 KB)

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten - St Lukes Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten - St Lukes (467 KB)

Preschool Field Officers - St Lukes Preschool Field Officers - St Lukes (434 KB)

Enrolment Record Regulations - NQF Enrolment Record Regulations - NQF (279 KB)