Starting school

In South Australia, most children start school the year they turn 5 or 6 years old.

When your child is eligible to begin school will depend on their date of birth, and whether you're applying to public or private school.

Public primary schools in South Australia have one intake date.

  • If your child turns 5 before 1 May, they can start school at the beginning of that year.
  • If your child turns 5 on or after 1 May, they can start school the following year.

In South Australia, all children must be in school by their 6th birthday – this is the compulsory school age.

Enrolment process

Details of school enrolment processes are generally published on school websites.

To enrol at a South Australia public school:

Education support

Some families may be eligible for additional support and/or financial assistance with their child’s education. See:

There are other education options for some children and their families - see Exemption from school.

For further information contact your local public school to discuss enrolment.

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