School age (5-8 years)

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Your child will most likely start school at five and by now they have developed enough independence to be away from you during the day. At five many children are natural problem-solvers.

Your child will be learning to read, write and use numbers and it is helpful for them to practise at home. Continuing to read to them, as well as listening to them read to you, will help your child learn. For more information, see: 

Physically your child will have improved their balance and coordination skills so they can now use a skipping rope, play well with a ball, swim and they may be ready to ride a bike.

For more information on supporting your child transition to school, see: Transition to school

Related information

For more information, see:

  • Better Health Channel – this website contains information about different illnesses and conditions, healthy eating and health service directories
  • Nurse on Call (call 1300 60 60 24) – this telephone service provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Parent Line (phone 13 22 89) – this telephone counselling service is available to parents and carers of children aged from birth to 18 years throughout Victoria. They provide information and assistance on a wide range of issues, including those who are struggling with or finding the parenting role challenging. They cannot, however, provide you with legal or medical information
  • Primary School – this contains information for parents about sending their child to a Victorian Government Primary School 
  • Raising Children Network's School Age Safety – this contains detailed and practical information on school age safety
  • Starting School – information on things you can do to prepare your child for their next big step - starting school  
  • Your Child's Health and Development: birth to 6 years (PDF - 354.46kb)

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