2023 Kindergarten & Pre Primary Programs
Applications for intake to our Kindergarten & Pre-Primary programs in 2023 are now open. The closing date for applications is 22 July 2022.
Applications for enrolment for students from Kindergarten to Year Six can be made using the enrolment application form below. Application for enrolment forms can be emailed, posted or dropped into the school office. You will also need to show your child’s Birth Certificate, Australian Immunisation Register Immunisation History Statement and proof of your address, eg. utilities bill or driver’s licence.
Who can enrol a child?
Enrolment applications can be lodged by:
- Parents, defined in the School Education Act 1999 as persons who at law have responsibility for the long term care, welfare and development of the child; or the day-to-day care, welfare and development of the child;
- Independent minors; and
- Persons aged 18 years or older who may apply on their own behalf.
The school may require documentary evidence in support of the application. A person with proper authority to make the application must provide the required information. The school is not required to determine whether another parent or person with authority concurs with the lodging of the application or the information included in it.
If there is a dispute between parents or authorised persons about the enrolment or one party requests or has enrolled the child at a different school, then the schools involved should endeavour to maintain the original enrolment and continuity of the child’s schooling unless it is clearly not in the child’s educational interests to do so, is not possible, or has been determined otherwise by a court.
Who can be enrolled?
Permanent Australian residents and those children holding an approved visa subclass are entitled to be enrolled, although not necessarily at a particular school unless the school has a ‘local-intake area’ (refer section Applications to local-intake schools (compulsory years of schooling) below). Those overseas students who do not have an entitlement to enrol in a public school may be enrolled on a full fee paying basis under conditions which the school will outline.
In establishing a usual place of residence, the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 recognises any agreement conferring the right to occupy premises for a fixed term of three months or longer. Short term residential arrangements can be accepted in cases such as recent arrival in the State, residence in boarding houses and caravan parks, or homelessness.
Schools may not enrol children who are:
- receiving home education; or
- applying to enrol at another school; or
- enrolled at another Kindergarten (public or private), unless transferring.
From 22 July 2019, Kindergarten children must meet the new immunisation requirements before they can enrol at a school, community kindergarten or day care program. This change will assist to better protect young and vulnerable children and the wider community from vaccine preventable diseases. Parents applying to enrol their children in Kindergarten programs are encouraged to ensure their children’s immunisation is ‘up-to-date’ to avoid their application for enrolment being declined.
The principal may consider whether a child may attend for a short period (s 75(2) School Education Act 1999) and may consult with the school in which the student is already enrolled before a decision about attending is made. Attendance for more than four weeks requires that the student relinquish enrolment at the school in which the student is already enrolled.
Where can students be enrolled?
enrolment requirements differ from school to school. Local-intake schools have a designated
geographical area from which enrolments are taken. Local-intake schools must accept all
applicants from within their defined area, subject to residential
qualifications. Non local-intake schools
may receive applications but not necessarily enrol all applicants (see below
for further advice on applications to
non local-intake schools).
If you are unsure whether the school you applied for has local-intake status, you may check the Declaration of Local-Intake Areas for Schools on the Department’s policies website at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/policies, (Browse via A-Z document list). Further information is available from the Enrolment policy/Enrolment Procedures/Local-intake area schools, or contact either the principal of the school or the Coordinator Regional Operations at the local Education Regional Office.
Applications to local-intake schools (compulsory years of schooling)
Where the school has a local-intake area, an eligible child whose place of residence is within that area is guaranteed enrolment in the compulsory years of schooling (Pre-primary to Year 12).
Children whose usual place of residence is not in the local-intake area are accommodated where possible. If the school has further capacity to accommodate children from outside the local-intake area, after making provision for local-intake area needs, the following selection criteria are to be applied in considering applications for enrolment:
|First Priority||Second Priority||Third Priority|
|Child qualifying for an approved specialist program for that year.||Child who has a sibling also enrolled at the school in that year, (other than siblings enrolled in specialist programs), and who lives nearest the school.||Child who does not have a sibling enrolled at the school in that year, or who has a sibling enrolled in a specialist program, and who lives nearest the school.|
Applications to local-intake schools (pre-compulsory years of schooling)
Students in the pre-compulsory year of schooling (Kindergarten) will be offered a place subject to meeting the immunisation requirements for enrolment.
The following selection criteria are to be applied in considering applications for Kindergarten enrolment:
|First Priority||Second Priority||Third Priority||Fourth Priority|
|Child residing in the local-intake area who has a sibling also enrolled at the school in that year, and who lives nearest the school.||Child in the local-intake area who does not have a sibling enrolled at the school in that year, and who lives nearest the school.||Child not residing in the local-intake area who has a sibling also enrolled at the school in that year, and who lives nearest the school.||Child not residing in the local-intake area who does not have a sibling enrolled at the school in that year, and who lives nearest the school.|
Applications for starting and for the first year of secondary school
Parents are encouraged to apply by the closing date in the year prior to attending, even if the child is of compulsory school age (Pre-primary to Year 12) and is guaranteed a place in the local school. This assists schools with planning.
For children of compulsory school age wishing to enrol at a school that is not the local school the closing date for applications for the first round of offers is the first Friday in Term 3 of the previous year.
For children starting in Kindergarten the closing date for applications for the first round of offers is the first Friday in Term 3 of the previous year.
Applications may still be made after this date and will be considered on a case by case basis, in accordance with the Department of Education’s Enrolment Policy which can be found at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/policies.
You will be asked to show: your child’s Birth Certificate (original or certified copy) or birth extract or equivalent identity documents; your child’s Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement; proof of your child’s usual place of residence: for example, utilities account, lease agreement, ownership of the property, driver’s licence, statutory declaration; copies of any Family Court or other court orders, and visa details (if applicable).
Principals may accept a maximum of 3 documents as evidence of your child’s usual residential address. Principals are able to request additional information where this is necessary to confirm your child’s usual place of residence.
You will need to provide evidence of your child’s current immunisation status when you lodge an application to enrol. You can provide one of the following:
- Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement that is not more than two months old; or
- Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Form for children on a catch up schedule that is not more than six months old; or
- Immunisation Certificate issued by the Chief Health Officer.
Other immunisation documents are no longer accepted.
Once the application has been accepted, you will be required to complete an Enrolment Form and submit it to the school (refer to the Enrolment Pack Part B – Enrolment). If your Application for Enrolment is not accepted, you will be advised in writing within three weeks of the advertised closing date for applications.
Eligibility to enrol in a particular school
The only guaranteed Pre-primary to Year 12 place in a public school is if you live in the local-intake area of that school. Enrolment in a particularprimary school does not guarantee a place at a specific secondary school.
Applications to transfer from another school
Decisions about the enrolment of your child into a specific year of schooling and/or the educational program will be based on age eligibility, as well as the child’s level of previous schooling, achievement levels and identified needs.
If you are applying for the following year, you will be advised in writing about your application within three weeks of the closing date for applications (that is after the end of the first week of Term 3). If you are applying for the current year, you will be advised in writing as soon as possible.
Once the application has been accepted, in addition to the Enrolment Form you will also need to supply evidence of your child’s progress from the previous school. This can be in the form of reports, records or samples of work.
If your child has gained enrolment from outside the local-intake area into a specialist program, any siblings cannot be guaranteed enrolment to the same school.
The Western Australian Government fully funds Kindergarten for age-eligible children in public schools and supplements the cost of Kindergarten in Catholic and independent schools. Children may be enrolled in Kindergarten in one school only, either public or private.
From 2020, only Kindergarten children can only enrol if:
- their immunisation status is ‘up to date’; or
- they are on an approved immunisation catch up plan; or
- they meet the criteria to be an exempt child because of particular family circumstances.
Disclosure of information
For parents of students with disability
In order to provide an appropriate education program the school may require specific information relating to your child’s disability and personal needs to enable the school to make any necessary teaching and learning adjustments. The school may also use the information you provide when applying for specialist resources or services and/or supplementary funding to support your child’s education.
Suspensions and exclusions
Information on any suspensions and exclusions needs to be provided to the school at the time of applying to enrol. This information will help the school to provide your child with any support that may be required.