Education for your children

Children from age 6 to 16 must attend school and there are allot of excellent schooling options on the Sunshine Coast.

You must enrol your child or children in a school as soon as possible.

You will need to show your travel documents and children must have the required immunisations in order to go to school.

Many people put their children in childcare while they work or study. The Australian Child Care Index helps you find the right child care to suit your needs. They have a full listing of day care centres, kindergarten, pre-schools, nannies and  babysitters.

Attending school

Children attend thirteen years of formal education (plus non-compulsory preschool or kindergarten).


Also called kindergarten is not compulsory for ages three to five  

Primary School

Prep Ages 5 to 6 
Grade 1 Ages 6 to 7
Grade 2 Ages 7 to 8
Grade 3 Ages 8 to 9
Grade 4Ages 9 to 10
Grade 5Ages 10 to 11
Grade 6 Ages 11 to 12

Secondary School

Grade 7 Ages 12 to 13
Grade 8Ages 13 to 14
Grade 9Ages 14 to 15
Grade 10Ages 15 to 16
Grade 11Ages 16 to 17
Grade 12Ages 17 to 18

Schools directory

Government schools are called 'state' schools. Tuition at state schools is free. 

Private schools require you to pay fees.

The best way to choose a school is to visit the school, meet the staff and ask questions.

You can use the Queensland Government's Schools Directory to find a school in your area by searching on the school name or the name of your suburb.

Extra support to learn English language

If your child needs extra support learning English, talk to the Principal at their school. Primary and high school students in State Government schools may be eligible to receive extra help.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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