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