Most children start school full-time in the September after they turn 4.
For example, if your child reaches compulsory school age on 31 March, they must start full-time education at the beginning of the next term (summer term that year).

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“School-age.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2020.

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  • starting Kindergarten – 4 years old by 30 June 2021
  • starting Pre-primary, the first year of compulsory school – 5 years old by 30 June 2021
  • starting Year 7, the first year of secondary school
  • changing schools.

You need to apply to enrol your children in school for 2021 if they are:

YWCA Canberra provides quality before and after school care, and school holiday programs for school age children. We aim to deliver high-quality care to all children attending our programs. We work closely with families, the school and community and welcome all suggestions and feedback.
All our School Age Care programs are fully licensed and operate under the National Quality Standards and National Quality Framework. All our School Age Care programs are approved for the Child Care Subsidy.

The District also provides a before and after school program for middle school students at Lone Hill and Ramona Middle Schools.
Nancy Sifter, Program Coordinator
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Onaway and Mercer offer school-age care for children with special needs and to children enrolled in Shaker’s First Class/pre-Kindergarten program.
School-age care is for grades Kindergarten through 6. The Recreation Department provides a fun, stimulating, learning environment that compliments and enriches your child. Quality care provided before and after school. Children learn and have fun through a wide variety of activities such as:

The School-Age Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with school-age children under the supervision of qualified teachers.
Course work includes:

Either one works and they’re very similar; most native speakers will probably not draw a distinction between them. “School-aged” refers to children aged to the point of attending school (and, implicitly, not beyond that); “school-age” refers to children of an age at which they should attend school (that is, neither too old nor too young).
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