Page Content Going to school Term datesSchool term dates and holidays in Victoria. How to choose a school and enrolQuestions to ask yourself, visit schools, when and how to enrol, moving from year 6 to 7.School zonesHow your closest government school is measured, neighbourhood zones and restrictions, enrolment orders for students.School costs and feesWhat you need to pay for, how to lower your costs and what you can do if you're having financial difficulties.School uniformsRules for school uniforms, buy a uniform, get help with the cost of your child's uniform.Tips for starting primary and secondary schoolWays you can help your child have a positive start to school.Attendance and missing schoolWhat you must do if your child will miss school, truancy, if your child refuses to go to school.Travelling to schoolHow your child can get to school and home again, support if you live in regional Victoria, students with a disability.Parents getting involved at schoolVolunteering at school, parent clubs, become a school council member.Types of schoolAn overview of the different types of schools in Victoria.Changing schoolsHow to make the move as smooth as possible for your child.School complaintsWhat to think about beforehand, how to make a complaint, use a support person, if you're not satisfied with the response.Selective entry high schoolsEligibility, how to apply, sitting the entrance exam, practice tests.Find your school's fundingHow schools are funded by the government, find your school's funding. Learning Student reports and parent-teacher conferencesWhen student reports are given out and what they include. What happens in a parent-teacher conference and how to prepare.Speak to your child in the language you know bestWhy it's important to speak in the language you know best. Tips for speaking, reading and writing in your language.How to build your child's literacy skills from birth to year 2How to give your child a good start with reading and language.How to build your child's numeracy skills from birth to year 2Tips on how to build your child's skills in maths, measurement and patterns.How to build your child's literacy skills from years 3 to 6How to help build your child's skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing during school years.How to build your child's numeracy skills from years 3 to 6Tips on how to build your child's skills in maths and numeracy during their school years.Home school your childWhat home schooling involves, your responsibilities, how to register for home schooling and get support.Combine school and home educationHow you can combine home schooling with subjects at a government school, your responsibilities, your child's attendance at school.HomeworkTypes of homework your child may be given, how you can help them with homework, homework in secondary schoolSelective entry high school practice testsUse these practise tests to help prepare for the selective entry high school entrance exam.Student scholarshipsPayments to help you with the cost of your child's education. Available scholarships, how to apply and tips. Career planning Talk to your child about their careerHow to talk to your child and questions to ask.Study options in year 11 and 12VCE, VCAL and VET. Subjects and study structure, hands-on training, apprenticeships and work placements.If your child wants to leave school earlyOptions for finishing year 12 out of school, who to speak to, the minimum leaving age.Study and training after your child leaves schoolOptions for your child after they leave school, what to think about in years 11 and 12. Services for parents Help with school costs and feesOptions if you're having financial difficulties.Family intervention servicesFamily intervention Services offer consultation, counselling, skill development and education services including individual and group interventions. Child FIRST and family servicesChild FIRST (Child and family information, referral and support teams) are the entry point into family services located across Victoria.ParentlinePhone counselling for parents and carers of children from birth to 18 years old Behaviour If your child is suspended from schoolReasons why, what the principal must do, what happens next, get advice and support from us.If your child has difficult behaviourWorking with your child's school, things you can do at home, support for disabilities.Incidents at schoolWhat schools will do if there's an incident, seclusion and restraint, engagement policy.If your child is expelled from schoolReasons why, intervention meetings, get support from the school, what happens next, appeal an expulsion. Child development Gifted and talented childrenAssess if your child is gifted, common emotions and behaviours, how you can support your child.Gifted and talented students at schoolStarting school early, working with your school, accelerated learning, if your child has disengaged.Making and keeping friendsThe role of friends, how you can talk to your child about their friends, social media, friendships when moving to secondary school. Students with additional needs Find out more about inclusive education Inclusive education Information and services for families of children living with disability and additional needs. Safety Insect bitesWhat to do if your child gets an insect bite.Preventing dog bitesHow to have your child and your dog interacting safely.Child protectionWhat to do if you think a child is being abused, mandatory reporting. Family health Parents' anxietyBecoming and being a parent can be stressful. How to tell if you have anxiety and how to get help.Making healthy decisionsWhere to go for health advice, online resources and working out if it's an emergency. Books for kids of all abilities Braille books are giving kids like Robert the opportunity to read and participate in school.Nine in 2019: New schools are now openFrom Pakenham to Point Cook, Ashley Park to Aitken Hill, nine new schools opened for the 2019 school year. Prep starts school with a new friendAt Footscray West Primary School, Molly is about to start her first year of Prep at ‘big school’ and Grade 5 student Clara is here to help.English language school graduates start their first day of secondary schoolThree siblings from overseas are starting their first year in a mainstream Melbourne school.Getting ready for high school'Relax and let go' is our advice to parents of students beginning high school in 2019.10 ways to prepare for Year 12 like a champMake your last year of school count and feel great with our Top 10 tips.Prepping for prepThe start of school is just around the corner and it’s an exciting time for all children at Princes Hill Kindergarten. 2019 Prep bags are ready to goGovernment school children will receive a library bag of goodies in the first week of Term 1, including free books. Prep kids reach a big milestoneVictoria’s preps have now been at school for 100 days - Collingwood College students told us all about it.Taking education to great heights in South MelbourneHistory was made when South Melbourne Primary School – the first vertical school in Victoria – opened its doors for the start of the 2018 school year.