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The beginning of children's journey through school where they learn important early numeracy, literacy and social skills.

Kindergarten is the first year of schooling in Western Australia and while not compulsory we highly recommend you enrol your child. Learning programs are based on children’s interests with a focus on social, emotional, pre literacy, pre numeracy and physical development.

You can find out when your child can start Kindergarten with our school age calculator.

Your child is guaranteed a place in a Kindergarten program and this may be at your local public school or, if a place is not available, at a school nearby. Programs are part-time with some schools running full days, half days or a combination of the two. Please contact the school to find out how your child’s Kindergarten program is set up.

As an alternative to the school-based Kindergarten program, you may wish to enrol your child in a Community Kindergarten which has links to local public schools but typically operate in facilities leased from local authorities.


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Attending school every day is important

Developing the habit of going to school every day is vitally important so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning. Did you know:

  • missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning per year
  • the attendance habits set by your child when they first start school continues throughout their school life
  • if your child missed half a day of school each week between Pre-primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning
  • learning is cumulative – if your child misses a day, it is harder for them to catch up.

You can help by arriving and collecting your child on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.

If your child is unwell and unable to go to school, let the school know straight away.