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Three-year-old kindergarten

Information for families

What does three-year-old funded kindergarten mean?

From 2022, as part of the State Government's Kindergarten Reform, every Victorian three-year-old child will be able to access a minimum of five hours per week of funded three-year-old kindergarten, progressively scaling up to 15 hours per week by 2029.

Research shows that quality play-based learning is a powerful way to support children’s learning and development. The benefits last into the school years and beyond.

Council's role

The City of Whittlesea is committed to supporting the community in accessing quality education services and is working in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the services to plan for the funded three-year-old Kindergarten programs to commence in 2022.

Council is not a manager of kindergarten services in Whittlesea however it does manage the Kindergartens Central Application Scheme.

Three-year-old funded kindergarten is coming to the City of Whittlesea from 2022 

When and how will I apply for 3 year old kindergarten?

For 2021 - contact your local kindergarten or child care centre

For 2022 - Applications will open 1st February 2021 for 3 year old funded kindergarten

The following table provides a quick reference for application details:

Date of birth range   Three-year-old kindergarten    Four-year-old kindergarten Applications open 


Year of attendance Apply via Year of attendance Apply via  
1 May 2016 –
30 April 2017
N/A N/A 2021 City of Whittlesea Now
1 May 2017 –
30 April 2018
2021 Direct with kindergarten 2022 City of Whittlesea Now
1 May 2018 –
30 April 2019
2022 City of Whittlesea 2023 City of Whittlesea 1 Feb 2021
1 May 2019 –
30 April 2020
2023 City of Whittlesea 2024 City of Whittlesea 1 Feb 2022

Where can I find out more information about three-year-old kindergarten?

Department of Education and Training website.

As planning continues for 2022, we will update this website as information is available.

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