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Starting and Leaving Ages

AT WHAT AGE DOES MY CHILD START/LEAVE SCHOOL?

Did you know?

By law, your child is required to attend school full-time from the age of five until they are seventeen.

This means that a child who has turned five on or by 1 January in any year must have started school in that year, or be provided with approved home education.

Home education is when your child is taught by you in your own home, and the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council (THEAC) has registered you to do so. THEAC can be contacted on (03) 6334 5381.

If you feel that your child is not ready for school, you should discuss your options with the school principal at your local school.

Before Kindergarten

  • Schools offer programmes to support families and young children before Kindergarten.
  • These include Birth to 5 initiatives, Launching into Learning, and pre-Kindergarten sessions.
  • Parents and children attend these sessions together.
  • Child and Family Centres located around the state are also places where parents and children can go together to have fun and access education and health services.

Kindergarten

  • Most children start school in Kindergarten in their local school when they are four years of age.
  • A child who is four years old on or by 1 January is entitled to go to Kindergarten.

School leaving age

  • Young people are required to continue participating in education or training until they turn 17 years of age.
  • Participation options include:
    • study at a senior secondary school, a combined (district high) school (Years 11 and 12), or a high school offering Years 11 and 12
    • study at TasTAFE
    • an apprenticeship or traineeship
    • a training course through a registered training organisation
    • being home-educated through registration with the Tasmanian Home Education Advisory Council.

Where can I get more information?

Download the Print version of brochure

 
 At What Age Does My Child Start-Leave School printable brochure

 
 
   
   
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