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 between age 5 and 6. All children must be enrolled at school by their sixth birthday.

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Cohort entry

Cohort entry is when new entrants start school in groups through the year, at the start of each school term, 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

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

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

Find out about school transport assistance.

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