Is your child ready to start preschool?

Evidence shows that children who experience play-based learning guided by qualified educators in our nation's leading preschools are on the right path to a bright future. We wanted to help out parents by covering some of the basics for when to enrol your child in preschool, and how!

Is your child ready to start preschool?

Word on the street is there’s some serious confusion about the difference between ‘Preschool’ and ‘Kindergarten’. Well, here in South Australia they are the exact same thing!

No matter what you call it, Government preschools support your child’s learning and development to give them the great start in life we all want for our kiddos.

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Starting Preschool

If your child turns four before May 1 next year, they can start preschool at the beginning of the year. You can access up to 15 hours of preschool per week, per child.

Early enrolment helps preschools plan for the year, and also gives you the opportunity to start laying the groundwork with your kiddo about where they’ll be attending preschool and when.

Speak with the director/principal of your local preschool for information about how to enrol, and most importantly, register your interest by 30 June, in the year before your child is due to start.

You can nominate more than one preferred preschool on the registration of interest form. You will be given priority for admission to your local preschools based on your residential address.

When you send your child to a government preschool you can be certain that:

  • your child will learn through play, exploration and experimentation
  • structured programs are delivered by a qualified teacher
  • your local public preschool will have strong community connections

We are so lucky here in South Australia, as our preschools are some of the highest quality in the nation! In fact, as at April 2022, more than 98% of our preschools are meeting or exceeding the National Quality Standard.

Many government preschools also offer access to other services and resources such as playgroups, parenting groups, and Department for Education allied health services.

So if your child turns four before 1 May next year, then register your interest by June 30 to start preschool in 2023. Preschool will be one of the most impactful times in your child’s life and will set them up for a great start!

To learn more about government preschools and how to enrol:

education.sa.gov.au/preschool-enrolment

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