Primary school enrolment

Our schools can help with your Kindergarten and primary school enrolment enquiries anytime throughout the year. Below is information to get you prepared for your enrolment appointment with the school.

Starting Kindergarten

Your child can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five on or before 31 July in that year. By law, all children must be enrolled in school by their sixth birthday. Because students start new work in their new class at the beginning of the school year, it would be an advantage for your child both socially and educationally, to start school as soon as possible in the new year.

How to enrol in primary school

Contacting the school for a discussion or an appointment is usually the first step. See below for which step applies to your child's circumstances:

  • applying to enrol in Kindergarten?
    please contact the school to discuss the enrolment procedures and obtain the necessary paperwork to complete.
  • currently enrolled in a NSW public school, and wishing to change schools?
    contact the school of your choice to discuss the enrolment procedures and obtain the necessary paperwork, or any out-of-enrolment area criteria.
  • changing school from a non-government school?
     contact us to make an appointment to discuss your child's potential enrolment
  • the holder of a temporary visa or visitor visa?
     you will first need to apply to enrol by contacting the temporary residents program who will give you forms to bring to the school.
  • your child has a learning difficulty or special need and is applying to enrol in  Kindergarten, or wishing to change from a non-government school?
    please contact your local regional office by phoning 131 536. Their student support team will discuss assessment of your child's needs. Depending on your location and your child's needs, you may have access to regular classes in regular schools, support classes in regular schools, or to a school with specific support services.

Enrolment appointments

As parents and caregivers you will need to bring these documents to the appointment with the school:

For children already enrolled in a NSW public school we only require:

  • proof of your child's address - originals of different documents such as your council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill
  • family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable).

If your child has not been previously enrolled in a NSW public school, you will need to bring these documents with you:

  • your child's birth certificate or identity documents
  • proof of your child's address - originals of different documents such as your council rates notice or residential lease and electricity bill
  • immunisation history statement based on the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR)
  • family law or other relevant court orders (if applicable).

If your child is not a permanent resident you will also need to provide:

  • passport or travel documents
  • current visa and previous visas (if applicable).

It's important that you tell the principal if your child has any special circumstances, allergies, health or medical conditions, before your child starts school.

Application to enrol form

After your appointment with the school, you may be asked to complete an application to enrol in a NSW public school form (English PDF 244kB) and return it to them. The school will notify you of the result of your application. Please note that this form must be completed in English.

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