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What day will my child start school?

In South Australia, it’s compulsory for children to be enrolled in primary school by their sixth birthday.

Currently, most students in South Australia start school at age five. From 2014 all children will start school on the first day of the term one in that year.

Use the Same First Day calculator on to find out when your child will start primary school.

The enrolment process

Enrolment at school is similar to enrolling at kindergarten:

You may be asked about:

The information you give about your child and family is kept confidential and used when necessary in the best interests of your child.

Prior to enrolling (or at the time of when you enrol your child), the school will give you a Parent Information Package covering topics such as:

Proof of residence

It's important that student residency details are correct and up to date. When enrolling a child at a primary school, parents or guardians must provide the school with:

Fees and materials charges

Public primary schools provide free tuition for all students.

A materials and services charge is set each year by the Governing Council. This fee covers the cost of books, computer technology and other essential items and services used by students during the course of their study.

Financial assistance, including the monthly payments and applying for School Card, is available to help eligible families with the materials and services charge.