Preps with their Hairy Bears

Children must be five years of age by 30th April of the year they start to be eligible for enrolment in a Victorian government school. A child must be at school in the year that they turn six years of age (the compulsory school starting age).


Starting primary school is a special milestone in your child's life. It is an exciting time for your family transitioning from kinder to the primary school setting. 


We offer four Prep classes at EHPS each year (about 80 students). Parents/guardians interested in enrolment at EHPS are encouraged to attend a school tour in the year prior to entry; a tour is recommended, but not compulsory. An introduction pack, including enrolment forms, will be provided at the conclusion of a school tour, or can be collected from our School Office from the beginning of March.


Enrolment documentation is lodged in the year prior to entry, and is due by the end of May. We write to all families who lodge enrolment documentation to advise regarding placement during June, by the end of Term 2. Our school transition program for children offered Prep placement occurs during Terms 3 and 4. 


At the beginning of their Prep year, students attend their School Entry Assessment (one hour interview between the child and their classroom teacher) during the first week of Term 1. Their first day at school starts at a nominated time between 9am and 10am and finishes at 1.30pm, followed by about a week attending from 8.50am to 2.30pm. They usually commence fulltime (8.50am to 3.30pm) in week 3 of Term 1. 



Preparing to start school 

In the year before starting at school:

  • Ask your child what they think about starting school. 
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about going to school. 
  • Help your child stay healthy. Make sure they have regular health and dental checks and keep immunisations up to date. 
  • Encourage your child to do things on their own. These include dressing (including doing up zippers and buttons, and putting shoes and socks on), going to the toilet, washing their hands, using a pair of scissors, unwrapping their food and opening and closing theirdrink bottle and lunchbox. 
  • Let your child practise the things they will need to know to survive socially - asking for help, sticking to a schedule, looking after their belongings, be able to tidy up, getting along with others, and learning to listen. 
  • Teach your child to be safe. Try to make them familiar with their name, address and phone number. 
  • Talk to friends and other families about what school is like. 
  • Talk to your child's early childhood educator about things you can do at home home to help your child. 
  • Attend the School Transition Program sessions, and take these opportunities to talk to our staff about how you can engage in your child's learning and development at school. 

The following resources are provided by the Department of Education & Training (DET) to help you prepare for your child's start at primary school: 


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