Department of Education


While Kindergarten in Western Australia is not compulsory, most children attend because parents understand that it helps give their children the best start to school.

Children can start Kindergarten when turning four years old by 30 June of the year they attend.

Kindergarten is the beginning of children's journey through school where they learn important early numeracy, literacy and social skills.

Kindergarten is part-time and parents are encouraged to talk with the school to find out how the Kindergarten program is set up. In some schools, children attend for some full days and some half days each week, while in other schools they attend only for half days or only for full days.

School start and finish times vary, but generally most schools start between 8.30am and 9.00am and finish between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.

To find your local Kindergarten visit Schools Online.

Community Kindergartens

A community kindergarten, is an alternative to a Kindergarten at a school.

Community kindergartens typically operate in facilities that are leased from local authorities and are linked to local public schools. Parent management committees are responsible for managing community kindergartens.

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