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.

On-site attendance is the best way to support children’s learning and development. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on-site attendance remains available for services in regional and rural Victoria under Stage 3 restrictions, and only for children of permitted workers and vulnerable children in metropolitan Melbourne under Stage 4 restrictions.

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.

A factsheet has been developed for parents: Does my child need a second year of kindergarten (docx - 455.96kb).

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