Quality early childhood education and care services play an important role in supporting children and families in the transition to school. We are planning in the next 2-3 months, our local schools coming into our Wetherill Park centre to have parent information sessions to help with the difficult decision on schooling…where should you send your child to school next year.
When you have considered your child’s personality, learning styles, learning needs and interests, think about your whole family’s needs:
- Do you have other children? If you would like all your children to attend the same school, consider siblings and the suitability of the school for them.
- How closely is the school linked with your local community?
- Are there opportunities for parent and family involvement with the school?
- What is the availability of before, after school or vacation care if needed?
- How easy is it to travel between home, school and your workplace (if appropriate)?
- Do you have a preference for public or private education?
What are the options?
There are three different education systems:
- Public or government schools
- Catholic schools
- Independent or private schools
Each system differs in the way they provide support to students with developmental delay or disability.
Public schools may offer a number of different options for supporting children with disabilities. For more information about mainstream public schools, support classes, and special schools.
Ask your child’s educators who work with your child if they may know of schools which you might like to consider within your local area. It may also be helpful to talk to friends and neighbours. It may also be a great idea if you talk to your child’s friends parents within your room to see where they are sending their child to school, this may help the children out to know someone at school to help with the anxious feelings that may happen.
It is every child’s right to attend their local public school.
There are many advantages to attending your local school. There will be children within your local community who attend the same school and if you have other children they can also attend that school. The first point of contact for all types of public school options is your local public school.
It may possible to apply for a school for which is not in your local area. This can be done after you have made contact with your local school. The principal of your local school can help you to do this. This can also be done if your other children have attended the school and have moved out of area.
If you are interested in your child attending a Catholic School, your first point of contact should be the principal of your local Parish school. It is possible to apply for a Catholic School outside your local area, however, the first place to start is with your local Parish school. Click on the link for more information.
If you are interested in your child attending an independent school, you will need to contact the individual school directly. Ask for a prospectus to be sent to you with information about the school and if you are interested in applying for the school, make an appointment to meet with the principal.
There are also a number of independent special schools and support classes in NSW. Click on the link for more information.
Distance education is for students who are geographically isolated or whose special circumstances prevent them from attending school on a regular basis.
Click on the link below for more information.