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Enrolling in Foundation (Prep)

Information for parents and carers on when and how to enrol their child in 2024 Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government primary school.

New statewide timeline for Foundation (Prep) enrolments

A new statewide timeline for enrolling in Foundation (Prep) for the 2024 school year has been released.

The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government school. The new timeline seeks to make the enrolment process simpler, clearer and fairer for families.

The new timeline will apply for children starting Foundation (Prep) in 2024. All government primary schools, including P-9 and P-12 schools, will follow the new timeline.

The timeline will not apply to specialist schools. For information about how to apply to enrol your child in a specialist school, you should read enrolling in a schoolExternal Link .

Steps to enrol your child in Foundation (Prep) for the 2024 school year

If your child is starting Foundation (Prep) in 2024, you will be able to apply to enrol your child in a Victorian government primary school from the start of Term 2, 2023 (Monday 24 April 2023).

What you need to do:

  1. Use Find my SchoolExternal Link to locate your designated neighbourhood school (referred to as your local school) and read about enrolling in a schoolExternal Link .Please note school zones for 2024 will be available in late Term 1, 2023.
  2. Contact a government primary school to book a school tour or to learn more about the school and the enrolment application process.
  3. Download the ‘Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents/Carers for the 2024 school year' (available to download from the start of Term 2, 2023).
  4. Submit an enrolment application for Foundation (Prep) by Friday 28 July 2023.
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Friday 11 August 2023. If you receive an offer of placement, you should accept the offer by Friday 25 August 2023.
  6. Take part in enrolment information and transition sessions during Term 4, 2023.
  7. Your child will start Foundation (Prep) from Tuesday 30 January 2024.

Enrolment applications submitted after 28 July 2023 will be processed by the school as they are received, in accordance with the Department’s Placement Policy.

Your child has a right to enrol at their local school. Your child’s local school is determined on the basis of their permanent residential address. Visit Find my SchoolExternal Link to locate your child’s local school. The enrolling in a schoolExternal Link page can also help you to confirm your child’s address for enrolment.

If you are seeking to apply to enrol your child in a school that is not their local school, you should read about school zonesExternal Link and how they work and how applications are prioritised using the Department’s Placement Policy found on the enrolling in a schoolExternal Link page.

Additional supporting materials – factsheet

A factsheet providing a summary of the Foundation (Prep) enrolment process has been developed to complement the detailed Enrolment Information Pack. The factsheet includes key dates in the process, Frequently Asked Questions and references to relevant policies.

The factsheet is currently available in English. Translated factsheets will be available in early 2023.

Factsheet for Foundation (Prep) enrolment process

Factsheet – English (PDF, 651KB)External Link

Factsheet – English (DOCX, 1MB)External Link

Once your child is enrolled

Read our tips for starting primary schoolExternal Link to learn how you can support your child.

Appealing a Foundation (Prep) enrolment application outcome

If a school decides not to accept your enrolment, you can appeal the decision. This situation can happen if you request to enrol at a school outside of your school zoneExternal Link , and the school does not have enough places.

If you decide to appeal the decision, you should lodge a written appeal to the school in the first instance. The timeline for appeals to the school is detailed in the enrolment information pack.

Appeals are considered by the school's placement committee and/or principal. They will check the school has correctly applied the priority order of placementExternal Link and confirm your address. They will consider whether the school’s Enrolment Management Plan (if it has one) has been followed.

They will also consider appeals on compassionate grounds on a case-by-case basis. Families will need to demonstrate that exceptional circumstances make an enrolment at their local school unsuitable for their child.

If your appeal to the school is unsuccessful and you are not satisfied the school has correctly applied the Placement Policy or adequately considered your circumstances, you can escalate the appeal to your local regional officeExternal Link . The timeline for appeals to the regional office is detailed in the enrolment information pack.

Appeals to the regional office are considered by a panel of senior department staff who provide advice and a recommendation to the Regional Director.

The Regional Director makes the final decision and communicates the outcome in writing to the parent or carer and the school.

Reviewed 21 December 2022

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