KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS 2015
Kindergarten Public School is now taking enrolments for 2015. At present we are taking names only. Early next term enrolment forms will be sent out to parents to be completed and returned to the school.
If you have a friend, relative, neighbour or know of someone with a child who will be starting Kindergarten in 2015 and lives in the Kanwal area please remind them to contact the school on 43923477 or call in to the office and register the child as soon as possible.
Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Starting school is an important step in a young child's life and 'Is my child ready for school?' is a question asked by many parents.
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).
Ten Tips for Parents of Children Starting Kindergarten
- Provide information about your child's immunisation status Your child will be coming into contact with lots of other children and infections can spread very easily. Immunisation records need to be presented for Kindergarten enrolment. Under the Public Health (Amendment) Act 1992, children who have not been immunised may be sent home during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease.
- Learn the names of the important people at the school This will help you communicate with your child about what they do each day at school. It is also important that you have a relationship with your child's teacher and principal to ensure you are up to date with your child's progress.
- Give all information about your child to the school especially medical and special needs You know your child’s best. Your child's kindergarten teacher will have many students to get to know. Help the teacher understand your child better and faster by sharing information and insights. This will also ensure that your child gets any essential attention.
- Provide emergency contact numbers The school might need to contact you urgently. Provide alternative numbers and contacts in case the school is unable to contact you.
- Make the school aware of any special family circumstances Any changes to your child's family situation can impact on their emotional and academic well-being. Inform your child's teacher and principal about any changed circumstances so that the child can be supported if necessary. Examples of special circumstances include the birth of a sibling, divorce or the death of a loved one.
- Establish routines with your child and stick to them Prepare your child for a more structured day. Make a daily routine that includes mealtime, talking time, and reading time.
- Make sure your child is road/travel safe Children should know to cross the road only at marked crossings. Please set a good example. Take particular care when you drop off and collect your child from school.
- Become familiar with school activities - develop a relationship with the school Parents/caregivers set an example. If you are positive and encouraging towards school, your child will be too. Both the students and teachers will appreciate your involvement and assistance in activities ranging from sports and excursions to music and drama presentations.
- Educate your child about 'stranger danger' Teach your child not to talk to strangers. They should not accept gifts or lifts from someone that they do not know.
- Label equipment and clothing Replacing lost clothing and equipment is expensive and inconvenient. You should clearly mark every item with your child's name.
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