Policy

Policy Overview

Small World Christian Kindergarten is a member of the Generations Christian Education family of schools and follows its admissions policy. The following is a summary of the relevant aspects as they pertain to Small World.


We welcome all children and families regardless of race, creed, colour, gender or national origin.

Aims

  • To welcome new children into school and secure a smooth transition for them and their families.
  • To provide school places for children who will be able to access our international, English medium curriculum independently in the school’s unique environment.
  • To develop student bodies that are international in heart and outlook as we seek to develop a global people of Christian faith serving others, in line with Generations’ mission.
  • To develop a school community made of families who support the school’s vision and mission, and are committed to developing its values and personal goals.

 

Admission Criteria

Small World Christian Kindergarten, as a private, English medium international curriculum kindergarten, practices a selective admissions process in which each student is assessed prior to being admitted to the school. Enrolment decisions are based upon the school’s expectations of meeting the needs of each student, in order to provide a nurturing learning environment to best serve the interests of the student, school and community.

  • There must be space available in the age group assigned.
  • Academic skills are not assessed, but children will be expected to demonstrate age- and developmentally-appropriate behaviours, communication and adaptive skills.
  • Children will usually start K1 during the calendar year in which they turn three (3).
  • Families agree to embrace the school’s vision, mission, values and educational philosophy.

 

Admission Priority

Priority admission will be granted to those children, provided the applicant and family meet all set criteria and requirements, who are also in one or more of the following categories:

  • They have siblings attending the school.
  • They are attending Small World Christian Kindergarten’s playgroup (for a sufficient length of time, as determined by Generations).
  • They have siblings attending another Generations school (for a sufficient length of time, as determined by Generations).
  • They are children of staff or alumni of Generations schools.
  • Their family is from overseas, and seeks an international education for their children.

 

Admission Process

Application

1. Parents are encouraged to research the school thoroughly by visiting in person; by using the school’s website; and through any other published information.

2. An application form and all required supporting documentation should be completed and returned to the school with the relevant application fee.

3. Applications may be submitted at any time, but the interview process will normally take place no earlier than the year before the child is age eligible to attend school (at least 2 years 8 months by August), regardless of the date of submission. Applications will not be prioritised by date of receipt.

4. If an applicant has had assessment or received services for learning support, has health or physical concerns, needs any prescribed medication or has any other circumstances that may affect the applicant, their application must include relevant supporting documentation in order to assist the interview process.

 

Interviews

1. Children, for whom the school has received a full & complete application, may be invited for an interview.

2. The interviews will be play-based, usually in a small group setting, with parents in attendance.

3. Interviews will be conducted by an admissions team, including teachers and school leadership, to make fair, consistent professional judgements on a child’s potential to engage with student life at the school, if accepted.

4. At the time of the child’s interview, the admissions team will also consider the parents/guardians’ support of the school’s vision, mission, values, and educational philosophy.

5. In order to make a fair, consistent, professional judgement regarding a child’s admission, the school will often request to conduct a follow-up interview, at no additional cost to parents.

 

Admissions Decisions

After a child is interviewed, offers will be sent out as soon as practical. To accept an offer and secure a child’s place, parents will need to submit the relevant enrolment acceptance forms and fees upon receipt of the offer letter.

Children, who are not offered a place in the initial round of offers, may be placed in a waitpool. The order in which any offer is later made to a child who is in the waitpool is at the sole discretion of the school, based on the needs of the school. 

 

Rolling Admissions

If there is space in an age group, new students who meet admissions criteria may be accepted throughout the year, at the discretion of the Principal.

The Principal will place the new child into the most appropriate existing class in their age group to suit the new student’s needs, minimise disruption and maximise the teaching and learning environment, in the sole discretion of the school