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As above, it depends on your state. You need yo visit the department of education site in your state for the information
In Qld it's kindy at turning 4 or 5 and prep at turning 5 or 6 depending on the month born. There is no preschool. Prep is full time school hours and compulsory. Kindy is school hours but only max 3 days a week? Kindy isn't compulsory but it is very beneficial.
Does ds on your child and you. My child won't be going to and pre school before she goes to prep just shy of 6.
I know some parents swear by It, but I think it truely depends on you and your child.
The definitions of these are dependant which state you're in. Here in WA, kindergarten begins at age 3-4. It is non compulsory. But for my son it really was invaluable as it helped prepare him for pre school, which is compulsory. As to when you enrol your child into kindy, if he turns 3 in the first half of next year, then he will begin in 2018.
If you are in nsw preschool is non compulsory and starts at age 3. Then depending when your child is born depends when they start school. If the are born in the first half of the year they can start school 4 turning 5 or 5 turning 6, if born in the second half of the year they can only start when they are 5 turning 6. Preschool is great for transitioning kids to full time school (kindergarten being the first year) they learn the vital things like righting their name and general school stuff so they are ready.