In South Australia preschools may also be known as kindergartens, children’s centres or early learning centres. In preschool, children learn through play-based programs that are designed and delivered by qualified teachers.
Children can access up to 4 terms of preschool before they start school. Talk to your local preschool director or principal about your enrolment options.
Aboriginal children and children under guardianship of the minister are entitled to attend preschool once they turn 3.
Children with additional needs and/or disability may be able to start preschool up to 1 term before they would usually start. This is known as early entry.
Use the find a school or service directory or education and care locations and services directory to find a preschool near you. The preschool can provide further information about their local catchment area, and other preschools in the surrounding area.
For more information see the school and preschool enrolment policy (PDF 298KB).
If your child turns 4 before 1 May, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 in that year. If your child turns 4 on or after 1 May, they can start preschool on the first day of term 1 the following year. For more information see the page on starting preschool.
Integrated centres are places that offer two or more services. The combination of services varies from centre to centre and may include childcare, playgroup, preschool, early education and learning, early development, health services and family support services.
Children's centres offer a mix of education, health and family services and are supported by the state government. These centres aim to meet the needs of the community so each may offer a slightly different mix of services.
Find out more by contacting an integrated children’s centre near you.
Children cannot be enrolled in or attend preschool unless all immunisation requirements are met (No Jab, No Play).
The early childhood services immunisation requirements page has more information.
For information see the page on health and wellbeing.
If your child has additional needs and/or disability they may be eligible for extra support at preschool. Contact your local preschool to discuss if your child is eligible for the statewide Preschool Support program. For more information see disability support at preschool.
Parents are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the preschool. Speak to your preschool leader about how families can become involved.
Visit volunteering in schools, preschools and children's centres for more information.
For further information contact your local preschool.
Contact non-government preschools directly for information about eligibility, fees and attendance requirements.
Preschool Policy and Programs
Phone: 8226 2794
Email: education.ecsupport [at] sa.gov.au
Mail: GPO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001