Starting primary school

A positive start to school will help your child engage well with their peers and teachers and set them up for academic and social success. In this section, we guide you through how to prepare your child for Kindergarten and the big first day.

Finding and enrolling in a school

Schools can help with enrolment questions throughout the year. You may need to attend an interview with the principal. There you can discuss any medical conditions or other special circumstances before your child starts school. The school may complete a risk assessment.

Looking for the right school? Use the School Finder tool to search all our public schools.

Need help enrolling your child in primary school? Refer to Primary school enrolment for more information.

Is my child the right age?

Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year. By law, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday.

When your child starts school is an individual decision. You may wish to discuss this with your child's preschool teacher, carer, doctor or your local primary school. Our teachers are trained to work with your child regardless of their age or level of development.

Children develop at different rates and learn skills in different ways. Your school will respond to the needs, learning styles and rates of progress of individual students. Schools also plan learning experiences based on the skills students bring with them to school.

What to expect in primary school

This section contains a selection of helpful resources, tools and activities for you and your child starting high school for the first time.

Start by downloading our starting school guide for primary school below. You can also view the e-book online.

Image: Download and print our starting school guide for primary school in 2021.

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