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Starting preschool in 2017

Information for families enrolling in a government preschool

Children who turn 4 before 1 May are eligible to start preschool at the beginning of the year before they start school. If you would like your child to attend a government preschool you can be assured of a place. We will try to enrol your child in the preschool of your choice, but we can’t guarantee this will be in your local or preferred preschool. 

Children are able to access a government funded preschool for 1 year. If you are uncertain about the best  time  for  your  child  to  attend  preschool,  or  feel  your  child  may  benefit  from  delaying  starting  preschool until  the following year, please talk to your preschool director or  school principal about your options. 

How to enrol

Submit a preschool enrolment registration form (Word 283KB) at your local and/or preferred preschool(s).

All  government  preschools  will  prioritise  enrolment  applications  for  children  living  within  the  preschool’s local catchment area.

Where there are more children seeking to enrol in a preschool than places available, the preschool will  allocate  places  using  priority  of  access  criteria.  You  can  ask  your  preschool  director  or  school  principal for more information about this.

Timeframe for offers

At the beginning of August (early in school term 3) there will be a first round of offers to families of preschool‐aged children who live within the preschool’s local catchment area.

If you are offered a place, you will receive a letter or email from the preschool. To accept the offer and  secure  the  place,  you  will  need  to  reply  within  the  timeframe  requested,  and  complete  the  preschool enrolment form (PDF 216KB).

If you have a preferred preschool but do not live in the local catchment area, you may still be offered a place. A second round of enrolment offers will be made in the last week of September (the end of term 3). 

Places at a preferred preschool

If  more  children  are  seeking  to  enrol  in  a  preschool  than  places  available,  some  families  will  be  offered a place in another nearby preschool. When accepting an enrolment offer, you can request to remain on the enrolment registration list at your preferred preschool. This means you will be contacted if a place becomes available in the future.


For further information contact your local preschool

Preschool intake date enquiries

Phone: 8207 2458
Email: decd.ecsupport [at] sa.gov.au