Procedures relating to immunisation apply to all preschoolers, including those enrolled in distance education.
Before a child can be enrolled in a department preschool, the parent/carer must provide documentation to show one of the following.
- The child is fully vaccinated for their age (immunisation history statement provided).
- There is a medical reason not to vaccinate the child.
- The parent/caregiver has a conscientious objection to vaccination.
- The child is on a recognised catch-up schedule if they have fallen behind with their vaccinations.
The Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) provides information about a child’s immunisation status. The Immunisation History Statement must be provided prior to enrolment at preschool.
An interim vaccination objection form for enrolment in NSW preschools is available for use in 2016 as the national conscientious objection form is currently unavailable.
Schools must keep a register of the immunisation status of preschool children at enrolment. The approved immunisation register template is available to download from NSW Health—strengthening vaccination requirements.
Once a child is enrolled, parents/carers need to provide an updated immunisation history statement form. Parents/carers of children who are under 4 years of age on enrolment must provide an updated immununisation history statement to the school when the child receives his/her vaccination.
NSW Health Save the date to vaccinate website and reminder phone app are tools to assist parents.
Children without updated documentation will be excluded from preschool if there is an outbreak of a vaccine preventable disease.
The immunisation information for enrolment of preschool children (PDF 149KB) provides further information about the procedures for enrolment of preschool children.
The NSW Health—immunisation enrolment toolkit provides detailed advice for school staff. NSW Health will be updating the immunisation toolkit in 2016.