Foundation Enrolment Timeline and Guidelines for 2024 - 2025

2025 Foundation (Prep) enrolments

The Department of Education and Training (DET) has released a new statewide Foundation (Prep) enrolment timeline.

The timeline advises families when and how to enrol their child into Foundation (Prep) at a Victorian government primary school, including Patterson Lakes Primary School.


The new timeline will apply for children starting Foundation (Prep) in 2025. All government primary schools will follow the new timeline in 2024 to support Foundation (Prep) enrolments for the 2025 school year.


You can find information and resources about the new timeline, including factsheets, at: Enrolling in Foundation (Prep). You can also download the ‘Foundation (Prep) Enrolment Information Pack for Parents/Carers for the 2024 school year’ from the Starting School webpage (available from 24 April 2023).


You will be able to apply to enrol your child in Foundation (Prep) 2024 at Patterson Lakes Primary School from Monday 15 April 2024.


Key dates and activities for schools in the 2024–25 timeline include the following:

  • Schools can receive enrolment applications from parents and carers from the start of Term 2, 2024. This follows the release of 2025 zones on the department’s Find my School website and the publication of Foundation enrolment information packs.
  • Enrolment applications from parents and carers are to be submitted by Friday 26 July 2024.
  • Schools notify parents and carers of the outcome of enrolment applications between Monday 29 July and Friday 9 August 2024.
  • Written appeals from parents and carers are to be lodged with schools by Friday 23 August 2024.
  • Schools notify parents and carers in writing of the outcome of appeals by Friday 6 September 2024.


Foundation Enrolment Timeline for 2024 - 2025

Enrolling in Primary School for 2025

Foundation Transition Program for 2025