Budgeting for school costs

Schools usually provide most things Kindergarten students will use in the classroom, but starting school may require new items such as uniforms, school shoes and hats. Check with your child’s school so you can budget for the items your child will need.

Image: Speak to your child's school to find out what you should include in your budget for your child's first year.

Voluntary school contributions 

All NSW public schools can request contributions to enhance educational and sporting programs. School contributions are voluntary, so you can choose whether to pay them.

Financial assistance for co-curricular activities

Schools may charge for co-curricular activities that go beyond the minimum needs of the curriculum. Parents who are unable to pay for co-curricular activities because of financial hardship may be eligible for assistance from the school.


Your child’s school will tell you about the school uniform items and where to buy them. There is usually a summer, a winter and a sports uniform. The school can tell you which shops supply the uniform or the material to make it. Many schools run a clothing pool where uniform items are donated after children have outgrown them.

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Show your child what primary school will be like by doing these activities to prepare for Kindergarten.


  • Teaching and learning


  • Primary school

Business Unit:

  • Communication and Engagement
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