Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Parents encouraged to enrol their children in kindergarten for 2009

    17/06/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Parents have until Friday, July 25 to enrol their children for kindergarten and pre-primary for 2009, or risk missing out on a place at their local school.

     

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan urged parents to contact their local public school to apply to enrol as soon as possible.

     

    “Kindergarten and pre-primary schools provide high quality early childhood education programs that help children succeed now and in future schooling,” Mr McGowan said.

     

    “Young children absorb information at an incredible rate and what they learn at this age can give them extra confidence and know-how in the classroom and playground.

     

    “What’s more, this year when parents enrol their child in kindergarten at a WA public school they will receive a copy of Learning begins at home, a booklet to help parents encourage children’s learning before they start school.”

     

    Learning begins at home includes:

     

    ·        tips to help children develop early reading, writing, maths and science skills;

    ·        information on safe internet use;

    ·        advice on managing behaviour and improving self-esteem;

    ·        ideas for fun family games and activities; and

    ·        contact details for helpful services and organisations.

     

    In 2009, children born between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005 can be enrolled in kindergarten, and children born between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004 can be enrolled in pre-primary.

     

    Places are available for all eligible children in kindergarten and pre-primary programs in public schools.  Some schools are in high demand and kindergarten places at these schools fill up quickly, but alternative places can be found at nearby schools.

     

    More information about early childhood education is available from the department’s website at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/ece

     

    Minister's office - 9222 9111