Online enrolment processes are now in place within all ACT public schools. Further information and online forms can be found on the ACT Education Directorate's website.

New Enrolments

Ainslie School follows the ACT Education Directorate's Policy which describes each school's 'Priority Enrolment Area' (PEA). Students within this area have automatic placement to their area school.  For Ainslie School this includes the suburbs of Reid, Braddon, Acton and a section of Ainslie (south of Wakefield Avenue) and the Civic area. More information, including information about the PEA for Ainslie School, can be found on the Education Directorate's website.

ACT resident children from outside the PEA may be enrolled at Ainslie School subject to vacancies.  Please email the school's enrolment officer at info@ainslies.act.edu.au

NSW residents please see information on the Education Directorate’s website.

New Parents to the school

The school encourages all new parents to arrange an individual interview with the Principal or Deputy Principal. Parents will be invited to have an individual tour of the school and share relevant information about their child.


Children turning 4 before April 30 can be enrolled in preschool programs. Ainslie Baker Gardens and Reid Preschools are both Ainslie School's two preschool units. The preschools are housed in their own buildings in Ainslie and Reid respectively and within walking distance to the K-6 primary campus. Both preschools are staffed by Ainslie School staff who have ACECQA approved early childhood qualifications.

As a part of the ACT Government's commitment to early education the Education Directorate has developed a website to support parental engagement in preschool education. The website contains information for parents and carers about various education and support services on offer in the ACT for preschool aged children and highlights the importance of parental involvement in preschool education Preschool Matters (http://www.preschoolmatters.act.gov.au)


Children turning 5 before April 30 are enrolled in Kindergarten.

Children who are enrolled in an Ainslie School preschool program transition to Ainslie School's kindergarten program without further enrolment forms needing completion.

A kindergarten information session and orientation program is conducted for all new kindergarten parents during term 3 for kindergarten in the following year. Programs and procedures for the start of the new school year are outlined at this information session.

A Kindergarten Information Booklet, containing information to help parents settle their child into primary school life, is explained and distributed. In addition, the ACT Education Directorate has detailed information for parents about children starting school.

During term 4, an orientation program is hosted for children commencing primary school at the beginning of the next year. Activities include music, art and craft, games and learning through play with construction materials. Opportunities are available to buy a treat at the school canteen and play on the playground equipment.

Parents from the P & C arrange a welcome morning tea for kindergarten parents on the first day of school. This provides an opportunity for parents to get to know one another and receive support from 'experienced parents' during this very important settling in time.

Early Entry

Early Entry is offered to eligible families to meet the needs of their children in the early years of their education. Early Entry is only considered for children in the following categories:

  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Mobility (such as for Australian Defence Force personnel)
  • Gifted and Talented children

For further information, please contact Early Education on 6205 9296 or email DET.consultation@act.gov.au.

More information can be found within the relevant policies below or on the Education Directorate's website at http://www.education.act.gov.au/school_education/enrolling_in_an_act_public_school/parent-guide

Enrolling/Transferring - ACT Public Schools

Parents/carers are welcome to apply to enrol/transfer their son or daughter at any time during the school year using an online application form. Full details are available from the Education website.