Enrolling Your Child In Kindergarten? What You Need

Posted on: 22 May 2019

Ah, kindergarten. You've been waiting for this moment for years, ready to get your little one out of the house so they can begin their educational career. Plus, you could really use a break after putting up with those toddler and preschool years. Before you jump the gun and hop in the car to take your little one to school to sign up for kindergarten, know what you should have with you. This way, you don't waste your time and you're able to get your child signed up quickly and without issue.

This guide will tell you how to get ready for your kid to be in kindergarten. Your child's preschool teacher or school district leader can also help you get your kid ready for their first day of school.

A birth certificate

You'll have to prove your child's identity as well as your relationship to your child before they can start kindergarten in the form of having a birth certificate. The form they give you in the hospital for your child is not the same; you need a birth certificate from the state your child was born in, officially stamped. You will need to order this form online or go to your state's main office to get it, which can take a few days or even longer to achieve.

Shot records

Is your kindergartner current on shots? If immunizations are needed, they will have to be completed before your little one can start school. You'll want to get them an appointment before you enroll them in school if you're unsure if your child is current on shots. Luckily, your child's school will allow you until school starts to get your little one fully immunized.

Note: if your child cannot get current on shots due to medical issues or religious reasons, let the school district know. You'll have to fill out additional forms possibly to get your child enrolled without being fully vaccinated.

Skills testing

Your child will be tested on their abilities before they start kindergarten. Can they write their name? Spell the alphabet? Count up to a certain number? There's no way for your child to fail these tests as they only really check where your child is at in their abilities, but they are necessary to see where kindergarten entries are at academically overall. It's wise to work with your child a bit before enrollment so you have a greater understanding of where your child may place.