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Old 29th August 2016, 10:06 AM
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Hi everyone!

This is our first ever post on this forum. Thanks for your help in advance!

So, we plan to emigrate to Adelaide in 2018 to start our new dream life in Australia. We have two young boys - aged 5 and 3 - and we were wondering about school.

The mandatory age for starting school in South Australia is 6yrs and 6 months. However, our oldest will be due to go into primary three under the Scottish education system and our youngest in primary one.

What do we do about the difference? It would seem crazy for our oldest to have to repeat years 1 and 2. For our youngest, do we have to wait a year and a half before we can start his education?

Hope this all makes sense. Would love to hear any advice, especially from those who've had kids of the same age and moved to SA. How did you go about the difference?

All the best,

John

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Hi there - just a brief response - a shameless cut/paste from the department of Ed (note: term 1 starts after summer holiday at the end of Jan ?):

What day will my child start school?

In South Australia, public primary schools have one intake date, this means:

If your child turns five years before 1 May they can start primary school the first day of term 1 of that year.
If your child turns five on or after 1 May they can start primary school the first day of term 1 of the following year.
The one intake date brings South Australia into line with other states and means every child has four terms of pre-schooling and reception before starting the rest of their schooling.

Your child must be at school by their sixth birthday - this is the compulsory school starting age.

Families should speak to their local early childhood service or school for enquiries about eligibility requirements for children who:

are identified as gifted and talented
are transferring from overseas or interstate
have a recognised disability and may benefit from a longer transitional program from preschool to school.

Hope this helps ??

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