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    Hi everyone
    We are looking at moving from Perth to Wodonga and I am looking into schools for my son however I am getting a bit confused by the different names. Can someone please let me know if this is right

    4 year old Kindergarten in WA is called Preschool in VIC
    Pre-primary (age 5) in WA is called Foundation in VIC
    Year 1 (age 6) in WA is called Prep in VIC

    In WA Kindergartens tend to be at a primary school, are these at separate centres in VIC?

    If anyone can help I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks x

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    I'm in Vic

    There's 3 year old kinder (not compulsory) usually 2.5 hours to 6 hours per week

    4 year old kinder (compulsory) 15 hours per week

    And then school (first year of schooling is called prep)

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    Where I live (regional Vic) kindergartens tend to be separate from schools.

    I don't know of any schools that have an attached kinder.

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    I'm in Vic. Prep is the first year of formal schooling. They can start the year they turn 5 if their birthday is in Jan/Feb/Mar otherwise they start the year they turn 6.
    Kinder is the year before prep and they can it's partially government funded. They get 15hours a week and different kinders run it differently, ours do 2 7.5 hour days.
    Prekinder is the year before kinder and they must be 3 to attend (and depending on your centre toilet trained).

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    Hi there

    I actually live in Wodonga. Lovely place!

    As partially addressed above, education in Victoria is as follows:

    - 3yo kinder: optional
    - 4yo kinder: not compulsory but every child should be able to access a minimum of 15 hours a week, government subsidised.
    - First year of primary school (Age 5+) is Prep (technically 'Foundation' now but everyone still calls it 'Prep'!). Child must turn 5 by 30th April to be eligible but it isn't compulsory for them to start school until the year they turn 6. Many kids do a second year of kinder if not yet school ready. This second year of 4yo kinder may or may not be subsidised depending on whether it is teacher recommended.
    - Years 1,2,3,4,5,6 form the rest of primary school and years 7-12 are high school.

    Hope that helps. Our school actually does have the kinder (Early Learning Centre) on the same campus as the primary school but it's not really the norm.

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    Thanks so much this clears it all up x

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    @Cat13 we haven't visited yet but what I've researched and heard from others is that it's a great place to raise a family

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    Hi. I'm in VIC.

    4 year Kinder is the year before Primary school
    When kids start school at around 5, it's called Prep.
    Yr 1 is the year after.

    Nothing called Foundation year here (yet)

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    I'm in Vic. My son's school calls Prep "Foundation". First year of primary school before Year 1. Apparently they used to call it Prep but in the National Curriculum it's referred to as Foundation so they changes it (that's what the assistant principal said anyway).

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    We have just enrolled DD (just turned four) in childcare. She is eligible to do kinder next year through the centre or at a designated kinder centre.

    From there she will go to prep at school with her brother, who will be in grade 4 .

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