Attendance Policy

There is no legal requirement for children under the age of 6 years or for young people over the age of 17 years to be engaged in schooling or an approved learning program.

The department acknowledges however that attendance at non-compulsory educational settings such as preschool and other education and care settings in a child’s early years:

  • plays a vital role in developing strong patterns of engagement and attendance with education.
  • helps develop routines and sets strong foundation for later learning.
  • builds children and young people’s social capabilities
  • prepares children and young people for successful participation in learning and the broader community
  • helps develop routines and sets strong foundation for later learning
  • builds children and young people’s social capabilities
  • prepares children and young people for successful participation in learning and the broader community.

It also allows for the provision of timely and strategic interventions before:

  • children have fallen behind academically and socially
  • families have disengaged
  • family complexities interfere with children’s participation in early learning.

Our policy reinforces the position of the department to encourage, welcome and support all children and young people to access and participate in appropriate education and learning programs.

Victor Harbor Primary School's full Attendance Policy and Procedure is available for download on this page.