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First steps in education: playgroups and kindergarten

Your child has been learning since birth, from you and everyone in their family and community. Playgroups and kindergarten are great first stepping stones into their formal education. Playing and learning It might look like all children do at kindergarten or playgroups is play. But playing is how young children learn. And these spaces offer […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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Choosing a school for your child

Choosing the right school for your child with special needs can be a big decision. Introduction “Don’t listen to the first thing anybody tells you. You investigate. You go and talk to people. To me, I followed my heart, because I want something for my boy. And I did! And I couldn’t wish for anything […]

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How to go about choosing a school

Different schools suit different children, so it’s important to look around before you decide where to send your child. Every child is different. And schools can also be very different – in their size, the environmental space, how they teach and the school culture. Some schools have worked a lot more with Aboriginal children and […]

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School options

These are the main school options for children with special needs. All children have the right to go to a mainstream school. Some children might also have the choice of a specialist school. Or you might be able to choose ‘dual enrolment’, where a child spends part of the week in mainstream, and part in […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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Moving to secondary school

Children need a lot of support for the move from primary to secondary school. Finishing primary school and starting secondary is a big change for any child. If your child has special needs, it can be even bigger. They need lots of help from you and from school. When your child is in grade six, […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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If you’re thinking of changing schools

If your child is not settled at school, you might be thinking of moving them. Try to sort out the problem first A new school might be the right path for your child. But changing schools can be hard on children, especially if they have good mates or family members at their school, or if […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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What school should do to help your child

Your child has a right to the help they need, to achieve their best at school. Introduction “I know all the teachers up there of the girls now. And they help them a lot … We have meetings up there to discuss what we want to do. Or [the vice principal], she gives me a […]

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Schools must talk to parents and carers

Schools should work closely with the families of every child with special needs. Communicating with you Good communication is really important. Schools communicate with families in different ways. Staff can chat with you at drop off or pick up time. There are school reports and parent–teacher meetings twice a year. There are also school newsletters […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015
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The right help and learning for your child

When school has a grasp of your child’s needs, they must make changes to meet those needs. These changes are called ‘reasonable adjustments’ – changes to how the school works, or to the environment, which help your child learn and be included at school. They are seen as ‘reasonable’ if they don’t affect the school […]

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Planning your child’s education journey

By planning for the stepping stones ahead, you can help your child to achieve in their chosen path. Every child can learn Your child’s school should challenge them and help them to achieve. Planning is a big part of this. By planning your child’s learning and the help they need, their school can help them […]

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015