Carlingford Public School

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Starting Kindergarten

What do I need to know about starting Kindergarten?  

Carlingford Public School values strong partnerships between families and the broader school community and believes this is a key ingredient to a successful transition into Kindergarten.  

If you are new to our school community, we would like to extend a very warm welcome.  

In this section, you will find information about:   

·         How to enrol 

·         Getting Ready for Primary School 

·         What will I need to pack in their school bag? 

·         Where can I buy the school uniform?  

·         Best Start Kindergarten Assessment 

·         Electronic Communication Platforms 

·         Helpful Websites 


How to enrol 

Children can start Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn 5 on or before 31 July that year. By law, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday. 

When your child starts school is an individual decision. You may wish to discuss this with your child's preschool teacher, carer, doctor or your local primary school. Our teachers are trained to work with your child regardless of their age or level of development. If your child is ready to start Kindergarten, we encourage you to enrol your child as soon as possible so that he/she is included in our planning.  

The Online Enrolment System is designed to provide flexibility for our parents to submit an enrolment application online. More information about how to enrol can be found on our school's website here.


Getting Ready for Primary School 

Starting Kindergarten is a huge milestone for you and your family. There are lots of different ways families can support their children to prepare for transition to school. Below are a few resources that may help:  

Ready for Primary School Checklist 


Kids Matter Starting School Videos 

A big part of school readiness is your child's social and emotional development. Kidsmatter have released a series of videos that may guide you in supporting your child through this transition, particularly as they cope with change. We highly recommend you view the ‘Starting School Introduction’ and ‘Coping Skills for Children’ videos in the series.


School Readiness Checklist 

This school readiness checklist is full of useful preparation activities and information about what to expect at school. 


Play-based Learning Resources 

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They experience and come to understand the world and their place in it through play. Creating opportunities for children to explore, experiment, question and discover new concepts about the world in playful ways is central to their learning, development and wellbeing. 

Here are some play-based activities you can engage with your child/ren at home: 

What will I need to pack in their school bag?  

Here's a list of what to pack in your child's school bag each day: 

·         School hat 

·         School Jumper (if appropriate) 

·         Spare undies and a change of clothes (including a pair of socks) 

·         Lunch box packed with fruit/vegetables (for Crunch and Sip*), lunch and afternoon tea 

·         Bottle of water 


Any medication needs to be given to the office along with your child's medical plans. 


What to leave out: 

·         Toys 

·         Anything you don't want lost or stolen 

·         Anything that will distract from learning 

·         Electronic Devices including Mobile Phones 


Crunch and Sip 

At Carlingford Public School, we participate in daily "Crunch and Sip". Crunch and Sip provides students with a short break to enjoy a drink of water and eat an extra serve of vegetables/fruit while remaining in their classroom. Crunch and Sip promotes healthy food habits and is intended to assist in maintaining student concentration over the course of the morning.  




For a list of appropriate ‘Crunch and Sip’ and lunch foods, please see the links below: 


 Where do I buy the school uniform?

For more information about our school uniform click here

Information regarding how to collect your uniform following our COVID safe guidelines will be communicated to families early next term. The uniform shop offers a discounted starter pack for Kindergarten families only. This will be sent to families who have currently enrolled with us at the beginning of Term 4.  


Best Start Kindergarten Assessment 

Information about the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment, which is completed by teachers in the first few weeks of school, can be found here: 


Electronic Communication Platforms 


Helpful Websites 

A-Z Parent Resources 

An A-Z of resources most important to parents and carers from the Department of Education can be found here: 


Parent and Carers Toolkit 

To support hard working parents and carers, the NSW Department of Education have created an 'essentials' toolkit packed with self-care tips and handy lists for the school holidays and beyond. You will find some helpful links to top parenting books, apps, podcasts and more. 










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