The Kindergarten Parent Opinion Survey is an annual online survey that seeks feedback from parents of children who are enrolled in a funded kindergarten program in Victoria.
All funded kindergarten providers, including long day care centres and independent schools, are asked to provide details of the survey to parents of children enrolled in the Four-year-old Kindergarten program and encourage them to participate. The survey includes questions on parent satisfaction with their kindergarten program, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Framework.
The results are used for reporting in the Victorian Budget papers and may be used by services for planning and improving service quality.
The 2019 survey will run from Monday 7 October to Friday 25 October 2019 and will be administered by the Social Research Centre. In 2019, the survey will be available in 10 languages other than English - Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese, Urdu, Sinhalese, Tamil and Dari.
Service providers will be emailed a unique survey link to email or SMS to parents prior to the survey opening. Information postcards for parents will also be provided to services.
For more information about the survey, see:
Kindergarten parent opinion survey for parents
Kindergarten parent opinion survey for providers
A service report is provided to all services who have five or more respondents to the survey.
Access a sample service report
2018 Survey results
The 2018 Kindergarten parent opinion survey took place from Tuesday 9 October to Friday 26 October.
Download the 2018 survey results summary as an infograph
Kindergarten services should contact their
local regional office for a copy of their individual results.
Summary of the 2018 results
Parents' overall views
- 93% of parents are satisfied with the education their child receives from the kindergarten service
- 91% of parents think that the overall quality of education offered from the kindergarten service was good (as opposed to fair or poor quality)
- 95% of parents think attending kindergarten is important for their child’s education
- the top 3 factors that parents indicated are important when choosing a kindergarten are:
- service location (62%)
- service reputation (58%)
- session days/times (45%)
- 13% of parents indicated the service they were using offered the only places available for their child at the time of enrolment.
- 96% of parents agree that the kindergarten service was very friendly towards children, families and visitors
- 96% of parents indicated that teachers and educators at their child’s kindergarten discuss their child’s progress with them several times a year or more frequently
- 75% of parent’s agree that the kindergarten service help's their child’s learning at home (10% disagree)
- 89% of parents agree that the service helps prepare their child for transition to school next year (8% disagree)
- 90% of parents are likely to recommend their kindergarten service to other families.
About the children
- 93% of parents agree that educators consider the children’s views, interests and feelings
- 95% of parents agree that educators have a good relationship with the children.