Second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten

A second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten may be considered when a child shows delays in key outcomes of learning and development.

An assessment is carried out for each child by an early childhood teacher in Term 4 when a second year is being considered.

Accessing a second year of funded kindergarten due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Services may receive questions from families regarding access to a second year of kindergarten following coronavirus (COVID-19) related disruptions this year. The process and requirements for a second year of funded kindergarten are unchanged.

A second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten should only be considered where the kindergarten program is deemed to be the most appropriate learning program and environment for the child given their developmental status, and that the child will achieve better outcomes at kindergarten than if they go to school.

Requests for a second year of funded kindergarten should not be based on missed on-site or learning from home program time.

Communicating with your parents

Does my child need a second year of kindergarten (docx - 455 (docx - 457.87kb)

A factsheet for parents which outlines the opportunities for children who may be eligible for another year of funded kindergarten.

Second year discussion (docx - 111 (docx - 111.84kb) 

Use to help guide the discussion with parents and/or guardians about a child’s learning and development progress.

Advice and forms for early childhood educators

These forms are available for early childhood educators to use in relation to second year of funded four year old kindergarten.

Information sheet and checklist (docx - 41 (docx - 41.91kb) 

A guide for teachers considering submitting a declaration for eligibility for a second year of kindergarten.

Declaration of eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten (docx - 59 (docx - 59.16kb) 

Use to capture information about a child deemed eligible for a second year of kindergarten. The information from this form can be entered into the relevant fields in the KIM system

Second year statement (docx - 125 (docx - 125.18kb)

Complete after a child has been deemed eligible for a second year of kindergarten. The form captures information to provide to the child’s teacher for the following year.

Assessing progress, eligibility and timelines for a second year of funded kindergarten (docx - 456kb)

A guide that outlines key messages for four-year-old kindergartent to share with parents, how to assess children's progress and eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten and timeline for the process.


Related information

Kindergarten Funding Guide

Information for service providers about eligibility and the process of applying for a second year of funded kindergarten

Kindergarten Information Management system 

Information on how to submit the Declaration of Eligibility for a Second Year of Funded Kindergarten in the KIM system

Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework

The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) supports all professionals who work with children aged 0-8. It includes a range of discipline-specific guidelines and practice resources.