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When your child can start preschool

There are specific ages to start preschool.

Once you’ve worked out your child’s starting age, you can find out how to get placement in preschool.

Eligibility for preschool

Children are entitled to access 4 terms (1 year) of government preschool in the year before they start school.

Children who turn 4 before 1 May are eligible to start preschool at the beginning of the year before they start school.

If you’re uncertain about the best time for your child to attend preschool, or feel your child may benefit from starting preschool later, talk to your preschool director or school principal about your options.

Preschool starting ages

Aboriginal children and children in care can start after they turn 3

If your child identifies as Aboriginal or if your child is or has been in care they’re eligible for 12 hours of preschool a week, after they turn 3. They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week of preschool in the year before they start school.

Children with disability or additional needs can start earlier

If you have a child with disability or additional needs they might be able to start preschool earlier if there are places available. Talk to the principal or director if this applies to you. Being given early entry to preschool does not guarantee early entry to school.

Your child 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.

Age calculator for other children

You can find out what year your children need to start preschool with our age calculator.

Please enter your child's month and year of birth:

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Immunisation requirements before starting preschool

Children cannot be enrolled in or attend preschool unless all immunisation requirements are met (No Jab, No Play).

Early childhood services immunisation requirements has more information.

General enquiries

Phone: 8226 1000
Free call: 1800 088 158
Email: education.customers [at] sa.gov.au