Enrolment - Starting Primary School

In South Australia, public primary schools have one intake date each year.  This means:-

  • If your child turns five years before 1st May they can start primary school the first day of Term 1 of that year.
  • If your child turns five on or after 1st May they can start primary school the first day of Term 1 of the following year.

Your child must start school by their sixth birthday - this is the compulsory school starting age. Every child has four terms of kindergarten before starting school. Many families choose their child’s school before they start preschool. It is important to make a final decision during your child’s preschool year and then let the preschool staff know so that a program for transition to that school can be organised.