Your child at school

Find your nearest school

In New Zealand, children can start school or kura anytime between the ages of five and six. Once children turn six, they must be enrolled and attend a school or kura every day.

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Enrolling and starting your child at school

When should I enrol my child to go to primary school?
How do I enrol my child? What paperwork do I need to provide?
Can I enrol my child at any school I like?
What if a school refuses to enrol my child?
How can I help my child get ready for starting…

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Cohort entry

Cohort entry is when new entrants start school in groups through the year rather than on their fifth birthday.

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Making sure your child attends school every day

Going to school every day is really important if children are to achieve and succeed. As parents and carers, it's up to you to make sure your child attends school every day, from when they first start school until they are 16.

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Things to know about your child's teacher

How are teachers regulated?
What are the quality control systems for teachers, and who manages them?
Do I have a say in who teaches my child?
Where can I check to see that my child’s teacher is safe to teach and properly trained?
Who employs teachers?
What should I do if I have a concern…

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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

If your child is stood down or suspended from a state school, state-integrated school, or kura find out what to do next and where to go to get advice and support.

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School transport assistance

The Ministry provides school transport assistance to help parents overcome barriers to education and meet their responsibility to get their children to school. The Ministry may provide assistance where distance and/or accessibility may be a barrier for students attending the closest school they can enrol at. Find out if your child is eligible for school transport assistance.

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Using physical restraint in schools

Schools are required to notify, monitor and report on the use of physical restraint.

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Boarding allowances

If your child is struggling to attend school and achieve NCEA level 2 or above because they live too far away from school or face other difficulties in their life, you can apply for funding so that they can board away from home and focus on their studies.

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Emergency Guide

A guide for parents, whānau and caregivers to prepare and plan for emergency events at an early learning service or school.

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