Please register your child for our wait list by completing a preschool enrolment registration form and sending it to the kindergarten.

Your child is entitled to access 4 terms (1 year) of government preschool in the year before they start school.

We are introducing a mid-year intake into preschool. This means from 2023 children who turn 4:

  • before 1 May are eligible to start preschool at the beginning of the year.
  • on 1 May to 31 October can start preschool through the mid-year intake at the beginning of term 3 of that year.

Regardless of whether your child starts at the beginning of the year, or through a mid-year intake they will undertake 4 terms of preschool.

If your child turns 4 after 31 October they can start preschool at the beginning of the following year.

If you are uncertain about the best time for your child to start preschool or feel your child may benefit from starting preschool later, please talk to us about your options.

If your child is Aboriginal or under guardianship (in care) they are eligible for 12 hours of preschool after they turn 3. They will then be eligible for 15 hours per week of preschool in the year before they start school.

Early entry:

If you have a child with disability or additional needs, they might be able to start preschool earlier if there are places available. Talk to us if this applies to you. Being given early entry to preschool does not guarantee early entry to school.

To find out which preschool is your local, click on the link below:
Find a school zone or preschool catchment area (education.sa.gov.au)

Enrolment offers:

1st Round: are made in August before the year your child starts kindergarten to families living within the McKellar Stewart Kindergarten’s geographical catchment bordered by Glynburn; Magill; Portrush and Greenhill Roads.

2nd Round offers are made from September for families residing beyond these areas until our capacity is reached.


We are a main feeder kindergarten for Marryatville Primary School (MPS) with children also attending Norwood Primary and other public and private schools.

Children attending this kindergarten can also enrol for MPS Out of School Hours Care program from 4 years of age.


Children attend up to 30 hours of kindergarten a fortnight as two days per week from 8.45am to 3.15pm with alternative Friday sessions from 11.15am to 3.15pm.

Once offered a placement, parents can choose either the Mon/ Tues group OR the Wed/Thurs group.

A different pattern of attendance may be discussed with the director to meet your individual or child’s diagnosed needs.


MS Kindergarten Fee for all children is $250 per school term (4 terms in a year) and is inclusive of most excursions and events during the year.

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