Kindergarten is an important year of schooling as children formally begin to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Our whole school community will help your child adjust to school and help them to feel comfortable.
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.
Parents of children born between 01 January and 31 July can choose between sending their child to school the year their child turns five or the year they turn six. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday.
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.
Preparing for Kindergarten
Children who have a positive start to school are likely to engage and experience ongoing academic and social success. “Getting Ready for School“ is a NSW Department of Education booklet to help you and your child transition to school life.
Starting school is a significant event in the life of children and their families. Strong relationships and information sharing between families, early childhood settings and schools help support a child’s successful transition to school.
Best Start Kindergarten Assessment
The best start assessment is a tool to help teachers assess your child’s skills as they enter school, and to tailor teaching to their individual needs. Teachers will sit with your child when they start school to assess your child’s literacy and numeracy skills so that they can develop an appropriate teaching program that caters for your child.
Help your child learn
You can help your child adjust to Kindergarten by talking with them about how they are going at school, keeping informed and if possible, getting involved at school.
These links can provide you with useful information for supporting your child's learning at home.
Parents guide to the NSW Primary Syllabuses (PDF 1.3MB)
- Five ways to build your child’s literacy skills (PDF 1400KB)
- Reading to your child at home
- Writing Stage 1 (K-2)
- Reading Stage 1 (K-2)
- Spelling Stage 1 (K-2)
- Talking and listening Stage 1 (K-2).
- Literacy and numeracy tips (includes translated information)
- Five ways to build your child’s numeracy skills. (PDF 709KB)