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.

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Back to School: First Day at kindy

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Starting school is a significant event in the life of children and their families. We can help support a child's successful transition to school by building strong relationships and sharing information between families, early childhood settings and schools.

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.

When to start

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.

Getting started at school resources

Use our resources to help get your child ready to start school.

Getting ready for primary school (PDF 2832.19KB) - a booklet with tips and checklists to help parents prepare their child for Kindergarten.

Daisy's First Day (PDF 5650.96KB) - a children's book about Daisy the koala on her first day at primary school.

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