Early entry to kindergarten for gifted children

Starting kindergarten early might be appropriate for your gifted child if you want them to also start school early. From 2020, the Government will be introducing funded Three-year-old Kindergarten across the state in stages.

Apply for early entry to kindergarten

Your child must be at least three years and six months old by 30 April in the year they start a funded kindergarten.

If you're planning for your child to go to a government school, you'll need to send a written request to the area director at your closest regional office.

If you're planning for your child to go to a non-government school, you'll need to send a written request to the principal of the school.

You'll need to provide the kindergarten with the written response you receive.

Until Three-year-old Kindergarten has fully rolled out, children can only get one year of funded kindergarten, so it’s important to think carefully about which year they will start.

There are other types of kindergarten programs for three year old children. Most need you to pay full fees.

Early entry to school

Most children who start kindergarten early are not accepted to start school early. Being granted early entry to kindergarten doesn't guarantee an early school entry.

To start school early your child must:

  • have a formal cognitive assessment that happens when they're four years old. Parents pay for this test.
  • be assessed as exceptionally gifted (WPPSI-IV results of at least 130 FSIQ)
  • be considered at risk of long-term educational disadvantage if they don't start school.

Applications for early entry to school are determined in term 4 of the year before the requested entry.

Get advice

For more information about early entry to kindergarten and school, contact your closest regional office.