When can my child start school?
Starting school is an important step in a young child’s life and ‘Is my child ready for school?’ is a question asked by many parents.
When to start school
Children who turn five years old on or before July 31 are eligible for enrolment into Kindergarten for that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. St John’s offers a pre-Kinder program called ‘Kick Start to Kinder’ to allow the children opportunities to be involved with the school community and to establish the child’s readiness for ‘big school.’
When to enrol
Kindergarten enrolment begins the year before your child will start Kindergarten. We advertise when we are taking enrolments or you can contact the school to find out about enrolling your child.
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. 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. It is the school’s task to respond to the needs, learning styles and rates of progress of individual students. Schools also plan learning experiences based on the skills students bring to school.
Specialist advice and support is available to parents/caregivers of children with disabilities to help them access appropriate educational services. Talk to us as early as possible about these services.