New Entrant Cohort Entry​​​​​​​

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In 2023 Arataki introduced Cohort Entry.

Cohort Entry refers to new entrant children starting school as a group, at the beginning or mid point of a term, AFTER THEIR FIFTH BIRTHDAY. This means they will no longer be starting school on their fifth birthday. Whānau will continue to have the option of not starting their child in school until their sixth birthday.

What are the benefits of Cohort Entry for our tamariki?

Cohort Entry will help children to settle better in school.

  • There is evidence to suggest that starting school at the same time as a group of peers helps the children to build relationships and supports a smoother entry to school.
  • New entrant teachers can prepare for groups of children arriving on a specific date rather than on an individual basis throughout the year. This will mean more continuity for learning programmes.
  • Cohort Entry will allow us to provide an increasingly targeted New Entrant Transition to School programme.
  • It helps the school leaders to better plan to meet our staffing needs as we will have two designated start dates each term, which then ultimately ensures a better learning environment for your child.
  • Intake periods each term - at the start and mid points of the term.
  • All new entrants who turn 5 before the start of the term can start at the beginning of that term, or at any intake dates before their 6th birthday.
  • If their birthday falls after the start of the term but before the mid term date they can start on the mid term date, or an any intake dates before their 6th birthday.
  • Children must have turned 5 before they can start school.

This means that we have eight dates during the year where our new entrants start school.

Students won't be starting school on their birthday.​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2024 COHORT ENTRY DATES

TermStart of Term DateMid-Term Date
17 February 202411 March 2024
229 April 20244 June 2024
322 July 202426 August 2024
414 October 202418 November 2024

If you are receiving a childcare subsidy this can continue until the relevant cohort entry date, please go to the following link for more information on support.

If you have any questions please contact [email protected] or 07 5753497.

How to enrol your child

If you live within our school zone, you can enrol your child by: