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Going to school and preschool helps children learn habits that are important for their future success.
more likely to stay on track and progress academically
take part in social and learning activities organised by the school
more likely to have stronger social and peer connections
learn positive life skills
safe in the care of staff with access to support and services when needed
reach their full potential and have a range of opportunities in life.
Going to preschool helps children develop skills, which prepare them for school.
- positive routines and habits
- friendships and connections
- communication, problem-solving and creative skills.
Learning is a progressive activity. Each lesson builds on the next lesson.
What your child learns today will help them with what they learn tomorrow.
Missing days or parts of days creates gaps. A child might miss out on important learning information or social activities and experiences.
Each day away from school or preschool makes it harder for your child to keep up.
Research shows that going to school or preschool every day, improves a child’s life and future.
If your child often misses preschool, it can lead to a pattern of missing school too. These patterns can be very hard to change.
Missing 1 day of school a fortnight adds up to missing 1 year of school, by the time a child reaches year 10.
A child can fall behind after missing 1 or 2 days of school.
If they miss more days it’s even harder to keep up.
Research shows that when children miss school often, it affects them later in life. It can mean a child:
- has poor physical and mental health
- experiences poverty
- is more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.
Engagement and Wellbeing — Attendance
Phone: 8226 1062
Email: education.attendance [at] sa.gov.au