A day away from school here or there doesn’t seem like much but absences add up.
If your child misses as little as one day per fortnight, they will miss of 4 weeks per year which adds up to nearly three full terms missed by the end of primary school.
Going to school every day is important and Kindergarten sets children up for the rest of their schooling.
What your child learns each day builds on what they learned the day before. If your child misses school, their learning routine is broken, so they can lose confidence and miss out on building their friendships.
You have a legal responsibility to send your children to school every school day.
If your child misses school due to illness, religious reasons or family circumstances, you are required to explain the reason for their absence to the school. This is usually done by a signed note. However, talk to your child’s teacher about how the school manages this process.
If your child arrives at school late or needs to leave early, you will need to go to the office to sign your child in or out, and provide a reason for the absence.
If you’re having difficulty getting your child to school every day and on time, talk to the teacher or principal.
If you need help with English, ask for an interpreter. The school will arrange one if available.
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If your child doesn't want to go to school, talk to them and try to find out why. There are wellbeing support services offered at schools that can assist.