KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS 2015
When to start school
Your child can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five on or before 31 July in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.
When to enrol
Kindergarten enrolment begins around April the year before your child will start Kindergarten. Schools will often advertise when they are taking enrolments or you can contact the school you are interested in attending to find out about enrolling your child.
The school year starts in late January after the summer vacation period. The school calendar lists school term dates.
When to start your child at school is an individual decision. You may want to discuss this with us or with your child's preschool teacher, carer or doctor. 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. It is the school's task to respond to the needs, learning styles and rates of progress of individual students. Schools also plan learning experiences based on the skills students bring to school.
Specialist advice and support is available to parents/caregivers of children with disabilities to help them access appropriate educational services. Talk to the school as early as possible about these services. You may also consider speaking to the ESL teacher at your chosen school, the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer or the Aboriginal Education Assistant and the Special Education Consultant.
About the application to enrol form
Due to changes to the enrolment process for New South Wales public schools, there are important new requirements for collecting student information that you - as a parent or caregiver - need to be aware of. This sheet outlines the new information requirements and the responsibilities of the Department of Education and Training in ensuring the collection, privacy, and protection of this information.
Download Getting ready for school - a guide for parents of a child with disability (PDF 423kB).
READY FOR SCHOOL CHECKLIST