Your child at school

Choosing a school

Many children have the option of one local school to go to. If you do have more options, then choosing the right school or kura for your child is important and can make a big difference to their happiness and wellbeing, as well as how well they do at school.

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Enrolling and starting your child at school

Your child can start school or kura in New Zealand anytime between the ages of 5 and 6. Most parents start their children when they turn 5. Once they turn 6 they must be enrolled and attend a school or kura every day.

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Making sure your child attends school every day

In New Zealand school is so important that the law says parents and carers must make sure their child between 6 and 16 years old attends every day.

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Things to know about your child's teacher

A teacher must have a current practising certificate. This shows they are suitably trained and meet the appropriate standards to be a teacher. 

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Moving on from primary school

Your child might stay at primary school until the end of year 8, or you might enrol them into an intermediate school for years 7 and 8. For year 9 they will need to be enrolled in a secondary school.

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Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions, expulsions

Removing a child from school or kura should always be the last resort after a range of other interventions have been tried and have failed to improve the situation. If your child is stood down or suspended from a state or state-integrated school or kura you can find out what to do next and where to go to get advice and support here.

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