Every child is entitled to be enrolled at the government school that is designated for the intake area within which the child’s home is situated and that the child is eligible to attend. We can help you with your enrolment inquiries throughout the year.
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.
Applying to enrol in primary school
If your child is currently enrolled in a NSW public school, contact us to discuss the enrolment procedures and obtain the necessary paperwork.
If your child is coming from a non-government school, contact us to make an appointment to discuss your child's potential enrolment.
If your child has 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.
For your appointment, if your child has not been previously enrolled in a NSW public school, you will need to bring these documents with you:
If your child is not a permanent resident you will also need to provide:
For children already enrolled in a NSW public school we only require:
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.
After your appointment with us, you may be asked to complete an application to enrol in a NSW public school form and return it to us. We will notify you of the result of your application. Please note that this form must be completed in English. Help is available for parents who do not read English. There are also translations of the enrolment application which may help you fill out the form in English.
Your application will be considered by the school principal to ensure that your child's needs have been identified and assessed. In most cases this process will be completed very quickly. In some circumstances, it will be necessary for the school to gather further information prior to finalising their decision. You can assist by ensuring the information on your application form is accurate and complete. If your application is accepted, the information that you have provided will be used by the school to formally enrol your child.
To learn more about enrolment and the information required, visit general information.
Forms are also available at Going to a Public School.
NSW public schools have specific local enrolment areas. These areas are determined by the Department of Education. Students enrol in public schools based on their home address. All public schools ensure there are enough places for students in their local enrolment area.
Schools may accept enrolments from outside their designated intake area if places are available. Such applications are subject to the selection criteria and department policies. Applications for non-local (out-of-area) enrolments are considered using a range of criteria, including the availability of appropriate staff and classroom accommodation. If the demand for local enrolment exceeds the number of places available, out-of-area enrolments will not be available and only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. Currently our school enrolment exceeds the permanent accommodation available. Contact the school to find out more about out-of-area selection criteria.