Cohort entry

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

When can my child start school under cohort entry?

For the rest of 2019, if your school has cohort entry, you use the mid-term date to work out when your child can start school.

The mid-term date is the mid-point between the start of the term and the start of the next term. 

If your child’s birthday is before the mid-term date, then they can start school at the beginning of that term.

If their birthday is on or after the mid term date, then they can start school at the beginning of the next term.

You can always choose to delay your child’s start until the beginning of a later term or until they are 6.

Diagram showing mid term dates for cohort entry

 

2019 mid-term dates for schools with cohort entry 

TERMSTART OF TERM DATEMID-TERM DATEEND OF TERM DATE

1

7/02/2019

20/03/2019

14/04/2019

2

29/04/2019

10/06/2019

5/07/2019

3

22/07/2019

02/09/2019

27/09/2019

4

14/10/2019

11/12/2019

20/12/2019

2020 mid-term dates for schools with cohort entry 

TERMSTART OF TERM DATEMID-TERM DATEEND OF TERM DATE

1

7/02/2020

09/03/2020

09/04/2020

2

28/04/2020

02/06/2020 (Tuesday)

03/07/2020

3

20/07/2020

24/08/2020

25/09/2020

4

12/10/2020

16/11/2020***

18/12/2020

 

Consulting on cohort entry

If your local school wants to bring in cohort entry, they must consult with:

  • parents and carers of prospective and current students
  • their staff
  • local early learning services.

Schools that currently have a cohort entry policy in place can continue to accept four year olds in 2019, but can no longer do so from 1 January 2020.

Existing cohort entry policies will automatically be updated on 1 January 2020 to reflect the new legal requirements.

The legislation does not require schools to redevelop their policies or to undertake further consultation if they wish to continue with cohort entry. Consultation with communities is however considered to be good practice when making changes to any school policy.

If your local school is interested in introducing cohort entry, it must consult with future and current parents and whānau, as well as their staff and local early childhood services

 

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