In Western Australia, children can start their education in Kindergarten, however compulsory schooling starts the following year in Pre-primary.
Who needs to enrol?
You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2023 if they are:
- starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2023
- starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30 June 2023
- starting Year 7, the first year of secondary school
- changing schools.
Enrolments for Kindergarten open in Term 2.
Please return your application to your local school by Friday 21 July 2023.
You can find out what year your children need to start school with the DOE school-age calculator.
All children of compulsory school age must be enrolled in school and attend every day – this is the law. All children must attend school up until they are 16 years old. Sixteen and 17 year olds must be enrolled in school or a training organisation, be employed or be in a combination of school/training/employment.
Every child from Pre-primary to Year 12 is guaranteed a place at their local public school. Places in Kindergarten may be limited at your local school, so we encourage you to apply now.
Find out how to enrol.