Children must be enrolled at school by the age of 6. This is the compulsory starting age for children in South Australia.
The first year of primary school is known as reception. If your child turns 5 before 1 May, they can start primary school at the beginning of the year.
If your child turns 5 on or after 1 May, they will start the next year.
Mid-year intake from 2024
From 2024, if your child turns 5 years between 1 May and 31 October, they can start school in either:
- term 3 of the same year
- or term 1 the following year.
Students enrolled through a mid-year intake will complete 6 terms of reception.
For further information please contact school administration or visit https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parents-and-families/enrol-school-or-preschool/school-enrolment/starting-school