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 about 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.
In partnership with the Department, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) hosted a webinar focussing on the assessment process and making a declaration for a second year of funded four-year-old kindergarten.
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Communicating with parents
A factsheet for parents which outlines the opportunities for children who may be eligible for another year of funded kindergarten.
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.
A guide for teachers considering submitting a declaration for eligibility for a second year of kindergarten.
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
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.
A guide that outlines key messages for four-year-old kindergarten to share with parents, how to assess children's progress and eligibility for a second year of funded kindergarten and timeline for the process.
Information for service providers about eligibility and the process of applying for a second year of funded kindergarten
Information on how to submit the Declaration of Eligibility for a Second Year of Funded Kindergarten in the KIM system
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.