New Entrants Starting School

Below are commonly asked questions by our New Entrant Parents.  Further enrolment information can be found on the enrolment page eg: School Zone.

When can I enrol my child?

You can enrol your child at any time by visiting our office or emailing our admin team ( who can contact you with further information.  You can enrol your child years in advance if you would like, however, most parents enrol their child 6-12 months prior to starting.  The earlier you enrol your child the easier it is for us to plan our classrooms and staffing, as well as keep you up to date with important information eg: school visits, parent events etc.

Can my child start school before they are 5?

No, you can fill out the forms and enrol your child before they are five,  however, they cannot legally begin school before their fifth birthday.

Does my child have to start on their fifth birthday…what is the “right” time to start them?

The majority of our children start on their fifth birthday or the beginning of the week following, however, a small number of children start at the beginning of the following term if there birthday is in the last fortnight.  Legally your child does not need to start school before their 6th birthday.

Starting on or as close to their 5th birthday is our preference, however, we are happy to work with you on what works best for your child.

Together we can help you make an informed choice that sets your child up for success.

Will my child start school more confidently if I wait for their friends to come with them?

In a simple answer no, not necessarily.

Many of our children walk into our New Entrant classes and instantly recognise other children they have met before.  They may be children who have previously been at their early childhood centres or children they know from sports clubs etc

We often see children making new friends within the first hours of school.  Very few of our children do not make friends within the first few days of school.  If this happened we have lots of “tricks” up our sleeves to help them.

We will do everything that we can to ensure that your child makes a confident and happy start to school.  Over the first few days, we will give them buddies in the class who will take them out to play and spend extra time with them in class.

How do I enrol my New Entrant and set up school visits?

As stated above you can enrol your child at any time, however the more advanced notice you give us the better it is.  With our 5-year-olds, this is important as once you are enrolled our office team and the New Entrant Team can contact you to set up visits with the class.  

How do I organise school visits? How many do we need?

Once you have put your name down at the school office indicating that you are wanting your child to come here and when they will start; one of our staff will contact you to discuss school visits.  These “typically” start about a month before your child starts school and are on a Wednesday morning.

There is no right number of visits.  Some children are happy with one.  Some need a few more.  You can discuss that with staff when we contacts you and it will be based on what is best for your child.

Do I need to come to my child’s school visits?

As your child is not legally enrolled at our school until the day they start, we are required by law to have an adult attend with the child on their school visit.  This can be a parent, caregiver, grandparent or even a family friend.  For some early childhood centres, there is the possibility of coming to visits within a group with a staff member.  School visits are on a Wednesday mornings, unless there is a whole school event that may impact this.  On these occasions, we will let you know of the change beforehand.

New Entrant Parent Sessions.

Once you have enrolled your new entrant child we will contact you with an invitation to attend a parent session.  This is held at the end of the term prior to your child starting school.  At this session you will:

  • Meet the principal and team (If you haven’t already!)
  • Look around the class.
  • Meet other parents of children starting in the same term as your child/children.
  • Learn about Greytown School learning values, SHARP values, and other important events, routines and systems.
  • Learn about the typical day for a 5-year-old.
  • Ask questions (Big and small!)

If we are not holding an information session close to your child starting, we will send you out some information electronically.

How can I help my child be “ready” for school?

There are several things that help a child settle into school life more quickly than others.

There are

  • Self-help skills 
    • being toilet trained. (Please read the information below if additional support is needed in this area)
    • being able to manage their own clothes, shoes and belongings.
    • blowing their nose
    • being able to manage the packets and wrappings in their lunch box.
  • Social skills
    • being prepared to make new friends
    • being prepared to try new things
    • taking turns and sharing
    • asking for help
    • being confident to share their ideas etc…
  • Academic skills
    • can hold a pencil
    • can draw
    • know their basic colours
    • know some or all of their letters
    • can count to 10 or more
    • read their name
    • write their name etc…However please do not panic if they are still learning these academic skills, as these are some of the skills that they will learn in the first few months of being at school.

My child needs additional special support or has Special Needs.

If your child needs additional supports (eg: They are not toilet trained, have speech difficulties, behaviour, learning difficulties, other physical needs etc) then please contact us as soon as possible.  From here we can work with you and their Early Childhood centre to organise the supports, systems and overall transition ahead of time.

If your child has special needs (eg: ORS funded, High Health needs) then please let us know immediately on enrolment so we can work with their centre and specialist teams to set up their transition to school.  This can take a lot of time depending on their specific needs eg:  We will need to transfer the Ministry of Education team (Early Childhood Early Intervention Team to the Primary School Team), funding and ensuring that if they require Teacher Aide support that we have the staff employed in time for them to start school.

Let us know as soon as possible and together we can try and make the transition to school as successful as possible.

You can contact our

Starting at Greytown School.pdf

Enrolment Form