The South Australian education system is changing the time that children can start preschool and school.
The SA Department for Education and Child Development is introducing the same first day for all children in departmental preschools and schools. This will be the beginning of Term One each year.
The change will begin to apply to children starting preschool in 2013, and for children starting school in 2014.
Please note that the current policies will remain in place until those times.
These changes bring South Australia into line with other States in Australia and will mean that all children will receive four terms of preschool and four terms of Reception.
From 2013, the start date will be the first day of Term One for preschools. If a child turns four before May 1, they will start preschool on the first day of Term One in that year.
If a child turns four on or after May 1, they will start preschool on the first day of Term One the following year.
From 2014, the start date will be the first day of Term One for schools.
If a child turns five before May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term One in that year.
If a child turns five on or after May 1, they will start school on the first day of Term One the following year.
The minimum age for starting preschool will be three years and eight months from 2013 and the minimum age for starting school will be four years and eight months.
The age by which a child is required to attend full-time school remains at 6 years.
There will continue to be special circumstances for children with additional needs, Aboriginal children and children under the Guardianship of the Minister for Education and Child Development. Information about children in these groups is contained in the attached Fact Sheets.
There are new arrangements for children in designated rural preschools which will mean preschool entitlement will be across four terms rather than six terms under the current policy.