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Western Australia Minister for Education Peter Collier

Parents Reminded To Enrol Children Now For 2013

Victor P Taffa

  • Early childhood education offers children best start
  • Pre-primary compulsory from 2013

Education Minister Peter Collier has reminded all parents, particularly those who are new to the State, to contact their local public school as soon as possible to apply for a kindergarten, pre-primary or year 1 place for their child in 2013.

Mr. Collier said by making pre-primary compulsory from 2013, the Liberal-National Government had ensured that all children of these ages had access to a high-quality, full-time program.

“From next year, all pre-primary children must be enrolled in a public or non-government school and the State Government is guaranteeing a place for every student that enrols at their local public school.” Mr. Collier said.

The Minister said migrant families were well catered for in Western Australian public schools.

“The first years of school are so important to a child’s development, in particular for those children who speak languages other than English at home, many of whom find it difficult to adapt to school.” Mr. Collier said.

“Public schools in areas with high numbers of migrant families run excellent programs to teach children English, which sets them up for their future years in education.”

The Department of Education has sent postcards and leaflets with information about enrolments in 14 different languages to schools, migrant job centres and community centres.

Children who enrol in public schools may be eligible for specialist English language tuition in intensive English centres at 14 primary schools.

Schools with high numbers of migrant families also run workshops and forums with translators to provide parents with information on a range of matters such as helping their children with reading, writing, spelling and healthy eating.

Parents with children who will turn four, five or six by June 30, 2013 should go to their local school to enrol.

Fact File

  • Kindergarten applications for public schools close Friday, August 3
  • Pre-primary to year 12 children applications should be done by Friday, August 3
  • Information in 14 languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Hindi, Indonesian, Karen, Korean, Swahili, Taglog, Thai, Tigringna and Vietnamese, is on the department’s website
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