Enrolling your child at school
Find out how to get your child enrolled at school.
How and where to enrol your child
You can enrol your child from their fifth birthday — they have to be enrolled by the time they turn 6.
Enrolment schemes — also called zoning — are a way to:
limit the size of schools to prevent overcrowding
ensure kids can attend a school close to where they live.
Not all schools have zones.
You’re guaranteed a place in any school that’s inside your zone.
You can apply to go to a school that’s outside your zone, but you might not get in.
Financial help from Work and Income
You don’t need to be on a benefit to get help from Work and Income.
Recoverable Assistance Payment Grant is a grant to help pay for things like school uniforms. You’ll have to pay the grant back, but you can do it in instalments.
You can get an advance on your benefit if you need something urgently – you’ll have to pay the advance back, but you can do it in instalments if you need to.
Temporary Additional Support is a weekly payment to help if you can’t meet your family’s essential living costs.