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Taking the step into ‘big school’ is a momentous event for families. One question we are always asked is “how do I know my child is ready for school?”.

When you hear the term school readiness, what we are really talking about is a child’s social, emotional, physical, communication and cognitive skills. We want to ensure children are in the right environment for their development stage and are nurtured to become confident, capable learners. Children all develop at their own pace and have their own strengths and weaknesses, so when to start school will depend on each individual child, and there is no better judge of readiness than the child’s family.

Our schools offer two Reception intakes per year, which allows families to have more control over when their child starts school. If your child starts in Term 3, they will do 6 terms of Reception (a half year followed by a full year).

Starting Age:

If your child’s birthday falls between 1 November and 30 April, they can start in Term 1.

If your child’s birthday falls between 1 May and 31 October, they can start in Term 3.

We will work with families to help you decided on when your child is ready for school. Give one of our schools a call for more information.