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Preschool and kindergarten

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.

Non-government preschools

Contact non-government preschools directly for information about eligibility, fees and attendance requirements.

Government preschools

Preschool is not compulsory. Children can access up to 4 terms of preschool before they start school. Talk to your local preschool director or principal to determine how this will work for your child.

Aboriginal children and children under guardianship of the minister are entitled to attend preschool once they turn 3.

Children with additional needs may be able to start preschool 2 terms before they would normally start.

Use the find a school or service tool to find a preschool near you.

Starting preschool

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 in 2017.

Integrated centres and services

Integrated centres are places that offer two or more services. The combination of services varies from centre to centre and may include child care, 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.

Parent involvement

Parents can get involved and contribute in a number of ways:

  • help with fundraising
  • volunteering for working bees
  • joining the governing council or parent groups.

Learn more about volunteering.


Children do not need to be immunised before enrolling at a preschool. However, if they are not immunised, they may be excluded from attending during outbreaks of some infectious diseases.

More information on infection control and immunisation see infectious diseases and exclusion from child care, preschool and school.

Health, wellbeing and special needs

Many preschools offer specialist services for children with health conditions, disability or other special needs. A number of other support programs and services are also available including respite care.

Get information about health, wellbeing and special needs.

Preschool intake date enquiries

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