Starting School

Enrolment Procedures

We encourage parents to enroll their pre school child at the age of four. At this time an enrolment form will be completed and parents will be given the opportunity to tour the school.

At the age of five a child may enter school. Most children in New Zealand begin school at five years although it is not compulsory to commence until the age of six years. We suggest that parents phone the school up to six weeks before their child’s birthday to arrange an appointment to come in and:
• meet the teacher
• visit the classroom for a short time

Parents will then be given the dates of their two pre-entry visits prior to their starting school date. The first visit is from 9.00 – 10.30a.m., and the second visit is from 9.00a.m. – 1.00p.m.


To complete the enrolment form you will need:
• Child’s full names and address
• A birth certificate (to be shown to verify the date of birth for a five year old child)
• Parents’ surnames and christian names
• Occupation, address and phone number
• Alternative contact phone number for an emergency
• Family background – other siblings and child’s place in family
• Your Plunket Book – there is a form in it for you to complete titled “To the Child Health Nurse at Primary School”
• Details of your child’s enrolment at a Dental Clinic (children can be enrolled at aged 2)
• Details of pre-school attended, and for how long.
• Details of health factors and medical problems (e.g. asthma, glue ear) which you think may affect your child’s development or that we should be aware of.
• Name of family doctor or medical centre.
• Any information and records regarding specialist help (SES, Early Intervention etc.) that your child may have received prior to school entry.
• Evidence of your residential address, e.g., a current power bill or rental agreement.


It would be helpful if you and your child arrive before 8.55a.m. Children will need to bring morning tea for the first visit. They will require morning tea and lunch for the second visit. We ask that you supply this food in a named container.

The purpose of these visits is to introduce your child to the school environment.  When your child looks settled we recommend that you say good bye and that you will return at the appropriate time so that your child and the teacher may get to know each other.  Some children become upset at the thought of Mum or Dad leaving but quickly settle down once they have left. At the first pre-entry visit your child will be shown:
• where to hang their bag and coat
• where to put their lunchbox and drink bottle
• where to sit at the desk
• where the toilets are
• where to play at playtime
• where to have a drink
• where to sit for lunch

During the morning programme your child will participate in the normal classroom activities.