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Children playing at Allansford Kindergarten

Kindergarten Readiness Session

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Unsure if your child should start kinder in 2019?

Parents/guardians are invited to attend a session to hear from early childhood professionals about when young children should commence kindergarten.

Some of the topics covered in this session will include:
- What are the benefits and challenges for children entering kindergarten as a younger or as an older child?
- What impact does age have on kindergarten readiness?
- What other reasons should be considered for delaying kindergarten entry?

Sometimes parents can struggle with the question of whether their child is ready for kindergarten.

Families of children born between January 1 and April 30 have a choice to send their child to kindergarten in the year they turn four or the year they turn five.

Some important points to consider:
- Every child is eligible for one funded year of kindergarten. Therefore once a child commences their kindergarten year they are not able to withdraw and return to a funded place in the following year.
- Children that have developmental delays in at least 2 areas may be eligible for a second funded year.
- In Victoria it is compulsory for a child to attend school in the year they turn 6 years old. Therefore families are not able to delay their child’s kindergarten year, if it will result in their child turning 6 years old during their kindergarten year, unless they have an exemption from the Department of Education.

If you have any queries regarding this please contact Council's preschool coordinators on 5559 4800.

Kindergarten Readiness Session
Wednesday June 20, 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Children's Services Centre, 600 Raglan Parade
RSVP by June 15 by calling 5559 4800 or emailing childandfamily [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au
The session is free to attend



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