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Y0/1 School Entry System


After extensive research and consultation with our whānau, our teachers and our wider community, we made some significant changes to our School Entry System and Kickstart Programme in 2020.


School Entry System:

From Term 1, 2020 Te Kowhai School adopted an informal Cohort Entry system.  

Cohort entry refers to children starting school as a group, at the beginning or mid point of a term, AFTER THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY.

From Term 1, 2020 we have been highly recommending an informal cohort entry system to our new entrant families.  This means that the earliest children can start school will be the first day of the Term, or the midpoint of the Term, after their fifth birthday.  It is also interesting to note that children in New Zealand are not legally required to start school until they are 6. 

Why cohort entry?

  • To allow students to settle into school with ease

  • Evidence shows that starting school alongside others can help foster relationships and supports a smoother transition to school

  • Less disruption for teachers as they can plan for groups of students (doing both school visits and starting school)

  • Allow for a more beneficial and coherent transition to school ‘Kickstart’ programme

We will have two cohort intakes per term as set out on the separate Cohort information tab.  Please note if your child’s birthday falls after our cohort entry dates we encourage you to wait until the next cohort entry before starting your child.  This will ensure they have attended all Kickstart sessions and get to start on the same day with all their Kickstart friends.  If you wish to enrol outside of these times then please discuss this with Kerry Crossland at the time of enrolment or contact Shirley Bailey.