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The school system in Australia is unique, with distinct stages to meet student’s educational needs at different ages. Understanding this system will help you make the most of your child’s education. Here’s a quick guide to the Australian school system:

  1. Preschool – Day Care:
  • – Children aged three to five attend full-time childcare centres or part-time preschool programs.
  • – This stage focuses on developing language, problem-solving, and motor skills.
  • – The Australian Government provides financial assistance through the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to ease the burden on families.
  1. Primary School:
  • – Students aged 5 to 12 attend primary school.
  • – Formal learning includes Maths, English, Science, and Social Studies.
  • – It provides a strong foundation in literacy, numeracy, and communication.
  1. Secondary School:
  • – Students aged 12 to 18 attend secondary school.
  • – Specialized learning is offered in subjects like Maths, Science, Literature, and Language Arts.
  • – Students can choose academic courses or vocational options like Pre-Vocational Studies or Technical and Further Education (TAFE).
  1. Tertiary Studies:
  • – After secondary school, students can pursue tertiary education at universities, colleges, or vocational institutions.
  • – Full-time study typically takes three to four years and offers qualifications in various fields.
  1. Public and Private Schools:
  • – Australia has two types of schools: public and private.
  • – Public schools are government-funded and provide free education.
  • – Private schools are independent and require tuition fees.
  • – Parents should consider the best option for their child’s needs.

The Australian school system ensures a comprehensive education for children of all ages and abilities, preparing them for their future. It offers many options, allowing parents to find the right fit for their child’s education. Students benefit from qualified teachers, government-set curriculum standards, and practical assessment methods.

For more information about how we help with choosing schools and your move to Australia as a family please have a look at the links below:
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