Victorian children will soon be able to access two years of free kindergarten before they start school. From 2023, 3-year-old kindergarten will be free across Victoria.

Council want to understand how current and future kindergarten users would prefer sessional kindergarten to be delivered. To help us plan and coordinate, we would appreciate you sharing some information to help us understand your needs and preferences in relation to accessing kindergarten for your child/children.

The information collected in this survey will be shared with kindergarten service providers to assist planning for kindergarten in 2023.

This survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

For interpreter phone services, if you speak a language other than English, call 131 450.

Kindergarten Survey

This survey is now closed.

  • 3-year old kindergarten

    • 3-year old funded kindergarten (also known as Preschool/sessional kinder) is an educational program for young children.
    • To be eligible, the child should turn 3 years old by the 30 April in the year of attendance.
    • In 2022, 5 hours of funded kindergarten is available each week to eligible children.
    • Between 2023 – 2028 the hours available will gradually increase to 15 hours per week with all services delivering 15 hours in 2029.
    • From 2023, 3-year old kindergarten programs will be free for all children.
  • 4-year old kindergarten

    • 4-year-old kindergarten (also known as Preschool and/or sessional kinder) is an educational program for young children in the year before they start school.
    • To be eligible to attend, the child should turn four years old by the 30 April in the year of attendance.
    • There is 15 hours of funded 4-year-old kindergarten available each week to eligible children.
    • From 2023, 4 year old kindergarten programs will be free for all children.
  • Long daycare centre

    • A long daycare centre (also known as a childcare centre) is open at least eight hours a day, five days a week, across most weeks of the year.
    • Long daycare centres have an integrated kindergarten program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher within the long daycare program.
    • Kindergarten programs in long daycare centres will also receive State Government funding reducing the cost of this program for all those participating in 3-year old and 4 year-old programs.