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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 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 2 terms before they would usually start. This is known as early entry.

Use the find a school or service directory or sites 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 preschool enrolment policy (PDF 298KB).

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.

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.

Immunisation

If a child is not up to date with their immunisations and there is an occurrence of a vaccine preventable disease at the service, parents or care givers will be asked to keep their child away from the service for a period of time which is known as an exclusion period.

Visit the early childhood vaccine procedure page for more information.

Health and wellbeing

For information see the page on health and wellbeing.

Children with additional needs and/or disability

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.

Parent involvement

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.

Preschool enquiries

For further information contact your local preschool

Preschool intake date enquiries

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