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 www.earlyyears.sa.edu.au/pages/HOME/samefirstday to find out when your child will start primary school.
The enrolment process
Enrolment at school is similar to enrolling at kindergarten:
- make an appointment with the principal
- show proof of identity for both the child and parent - eg a Centrelink or Medicare card, passport, birth certificate or extract.
- complete and lodge an application for enrolment form
You may be asked about:
- your child's interests
- emergency contact numbers – including current email address for school newsletters etc
- custody issues and court orders that may be in place
- immunization records, medical information and health care needs
- permission to take photographs etc
- friends already attending the school or starting at the same time
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:
- health and safety
- school times
- the canteen price list
- out of school hours care
- the role and obligations of volunteers in schools
- general school procedures
- how to apply for and access school buses – including whether (or not) you are eligible and inter town travel
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:
- a gas or electricity bill in their name that shows their home address (not a business address) – phone bills and water rate bills are not accepted
- a copy of their property's contract of sale (if the home is the permanent residence), or a rental agreement and a bond receipt from the Residential Tenancies Tribunal showing their current place of residence – for the purpose of zoning the rental agreement should at least cover the student’s first 12 months at the school
- if the student is living with a friend or a relative, evidence is required showing that the friend or relative is the student's legal guardian – this must include a Parenting Order from the family court showing that the friend or relative is the student's fulltime career.
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.