Deferring or Delaying

Deferring Kindergarten

Victorian State Government Policy states that a child is entitled to funding for ONE year of a 4 year old kindergarten experience only.  When applying for kindergarten, parents need to carefully consider the age of their child and whether they will be ready for the demands of kindergarten.  Your local kindergarten educator is available to discuss these matters.

Under the current funding, deferring children, after discussion between parent and educator, must be withdrawn from the program before the Government Data Collection counts the child as attending for the year- at the end of the first term.

This allows access to a funded kindergarten position the following year. 

The same criterion operates for the 3 year old kindergarten places.

Delaying Kindergarten

There is no advantage in gaining a place by enrolling a child in the correct year with the intention of not starting until the following year.  Your child will be placed onto the following year’s waiting list with the original application date. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Preschool Support Officer or Preschool Field Officer.

Parents sometimes choose to delay kindergarten entry for younger children.  This also delays the entry to school.  Information on school entry can be downloaded from:

For queries related to kindergarten central enrolment, please contact the Preschool Support Officer on 9518 3530 or email .

For queries related to kindergarten readiness, please contact the Preschool Field Officer on 9518 3549 or email

Second Year of Kindergarten

For general information, please contact the Preschool Support Officer.

Please contact the Preschool Field Officer if you wish to discuss developmental issues concerning your child. 

Need additional support for your child?

The Preschool Field Officer (PSFO) program provides support to government funded kindergarten program educators to support the inclusion, access and meaningful participation of all children, through the provision of consultative support, resourcing and advice to kindergarten educators.

Requests can be made for PSFO support when there are concerns about any area of development, behaviour, level of participation in the kindergarten, or school readiness. The PSFO can provide support in kindergartens that have included, or are planning to include, children with a delay or disability, who are not already receiving support from an Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECI

The PSFO can offer consultancy support to kindergarten educators around planning and implementation of inclusive programs for all children and link early childhood educators with community and specialist supports that they, or their families and children, may choose to access.

For any concerns regarding:

  • A second year of kindergarten
  • Your child’s progress
  • Children with additional needs
  • Deferring kindergarten
  • Delaying kindergarten to the following year
  • Kindergarten readiness-is my child ready to attend kindergarten
  • School readiness – is my child ready to attend school

Please contact the Preschool Field Officer Kelly Smyth on 9518 3549 or at

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Last updated: 07 September 2018