Eligibility

NO JAB, NO PLAY - THREE YEAR OLD & FOUR YEAR OLD

Victorian Law

The Victorian Government has amended the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. The amendments mean that early childhood education and care services cannot confirm enrolment of a child unless the parent/guardian has provided documentation that shows the child:

  • is fully vaccinated for their age, or
  • is on a recognised catch-up schedule if their child has fallen behind with their vaccinations; or
  • has a medical reason not to be vaccinated.

‘Conscientious objection’ to vaccination is not an exemption under the new legislation.

THREE YEAR OLD

You must satisfy the requirements of the NO JAB, NO PLAY law (proof documentation must be provided with your application).

Children are eligible to apply for three year old provided they turn three years old by 30 April the year they attend (see table below). However no child can commence sessions until they have turned three. If you wish to accept a place and hold it until your child turns three, a holding fee may apply. Please note that an additional age criteria may also apply at some services, please refer to the information relevant to the kindergarten of your choice.

The fact that your child is eligible to attend three year old in accordance with the table below does not mean that they must attend that year. You can delay your child's attendance until the following year depending on your child's requirements. Three year old groups will have children between the ages of three and four in them so they will still be attending with their peers.

If you apply for a place at three year old and then decide not to attend, your enrolment is cancelled. If you then decide to attend the following year, you must re-apply, you cannot transfer the enrolment. Children may apply for a second year of three year old however they receive no preference in the allocation of positions.

There is currently no Government funding for three year old (click here for exceptions), so the fees must cover all costs associated with the delivery of the program. Fees vary from kindergarten to kindergarten so please check with the kindergarten of your choice for further details.

Date of Birth 3YO Year
1/1/2015 to 30/4/2016 2019
1/1/2016 to 30/4/2017 2020
1/1/2017 to 30/4/2018 2021
1/1/2018 to 30/4/2019 2022

FOUR YEAR OLD

You must satisfy the requirements of the NO JAB, NO PLAY law (proof documentation must be provided with your application).

Children are eligible to apply for four year old kindergarten provided they turn four years old by 30 April the year they attend (refer table below). Even though you can enrol your child when they are of eligible age you do not have to, you can delay your child's pre-school attendance until the following year if you believe that it is best for your child. Four year old kindergarten programs will have children who are four, five and sometimes even turning six in them. It is important for you to consider if your child is ready for four year old kindergarten. Advice may be sought from the kindergarten teachers, maternal and child health nurses and there is very useful literature on the subject of readiness that all may assist you in making your decision (click here for more information).

Government policy allows a funding subsidy for one year of four year old kindergarten per child in the year prior to school entry. A second year of funded kindergarten may be granted by the government in limited circumstances, please consult your child's teacher further regarding this issue.

If you enrol your child for four year old kindergarten but then decide to defer their attendance until the following year, you must advise the Central Enrolment Office. Your enrolment will then be deferred and you do not need to re-enrol, your enrolment application and fee are automatically carried forward. If you have been offered a place at a kindergarten then that place is also deferred and automatically carried forward. If you have commenced the four year old kindergarten year and then decided that your child is not ready, you must withdraw from the four year old program immediately.

Date of Birth 4YO Year
1/1/2014 to 30/4/2015 2019
1/1/2015 to 30/4/2016 2020
1/1/2016 to 30/4/2017 2021
1/1/2017 to 30/4/2018 2022