Starting school

Here are some resources to help get your child ready to start school, and to assist in choosing a school.

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Ready for reading
Activities to help develop the skills that lead to reading.
Learning Parties
We arrange for our Outreach librarian to come and host a learning party - at home, our early learning centres. We present stories and Ready for reading packs to the children and teach you how to play fun games together that encourage early literacy skills
Building literacy skills at home
Tips for supporting your child’s reading development.

Choosing a school

School finder service
The Ministry of Education’s School Finder service.
Early childhood and school reports
Search for Education Review Office ERO reports on schools.
Ministry funding deciles
A school’s decile indicates the extent to which it draws its students from low socio-economic communities and determines how much funding they get. From the Ministry of Education.

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Primary schools in Christchurch and Canterbury
Contacts for Christchurch and Canterbury in CINCH.
Kura kaupapa in Christchurch and Canterbury
Contacts for Christchurch and Canterbury in CINCH.
School choice – New Zealand
Resources on school choice in New Zealand in our collection.

Alternative schooling and special education

Home schooling
Contacts for Christchurch and Canterbury in CINCH.
Canterbury Home Educators
Organizes shared activities and resources for parents home schooling in the Canterbury region.
Special education
Contacts for Christchurch and Canterbury in CINCH
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