Transition to school & associated programs

Primary schools

Children start primary school when they turn five years by 30 April of that year. Integrated programs and some assistance is provided to children with additional needs.

Find information about choosing a primary school.

Out of school hours care

Most primary schools offer before, after school and school holiday care. Contact schools directly for information on their programs.

The Child Care Benefit is available to most families to reduce program costs.

School based programs

During school holidays, a range of outside of school hours care is provided by the following agencies and based at local primary schools and recreation centres.

See our School Holiday program page for the full event details. 

Council-run activities during school holidays

Many activities are delivered during the school holidays to keep children entertained. To find out more, contact the relevant venues and organisations listed below.


Our five libraries run events and exhibitions that are perfect for children and young people.

Community centres

Special workshops, classes and events are held during the school holidays. For details on programs, go to:

Arts and performances

Our arts venues feature shows and exhibitions that are great to enjoy as a family. For details on what’s on, go to:

Outdoor activities, parks and leisure centres

Youth activities

Older children can access fun services and activities during school holidays through our Valley Youth team. 

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is a free program to increase children’s physical activity, health, and road safety skills and reduce traffic congestion. Parent volunteers pick up and deliver children by foot to ‘bus stops’ to and from school.

Better Moves around Schools

The Better Moves Around Schools Program brings Council and schools together to improve traffic, safety and parking management, encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport when travelling to and from school. We work with three schools per year.

Last updated: Thursday, 15 March 2018, 10:26 PM