Grade 1 age requirement 2022 In south africa
At what age can a child start Grade 1?
This page explains how to apply to and enrol in government schools.
Non-government schools have their own process for application and enrolment — contact them for more information.
When to start
There are specific ages to start school.
tarting primary school or reception
If your child turns 5 before 1 May, they can start primary school (the first year is known as reception) at the beginning of the year.
If your child turns 5 on or after 1 May, they can start the next year.
All children must be enrolled at school by 6 years of age, which is the compulsory school starting age.
Early or delayed entry to school are options that may be possible in specific circumstances, where it is in a child’s best educational interests. If you think this applies to your child, talk to the principal.
Finding a school
You can apply to enrol your child in a school that’s not your local school, but offers will depend on available places. Visit school placements for information about how places are decided.