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Starting primary school

Making decisions about your child’s schooling can be very difficult and stressful, especially if they have Down syndrome.

If your child is about to start school and you are a member of ADSA you may be interested in our collection ‘Information for Starting Primary School‘.

To help simplify the process of choosing a primary school for your child, see:

ADSA resources

Information for Starting Primary School

Please note: this set of materials is currently being updated and will be available to you online soon.

These items will help support your child when they start school. It will also assist their teacher and includes:

  • up to date information on starting primary school for children with Down syndrome
  • a range of carefully selected resources

Parents can decide what information they would like to share with their school. It is our hope that this information will provide an opportunity for families and schools to share information together and therefore strengthen their partnership.

External resources

Choosing a school – a guide for parents

This excellent resource was developed by Down Syndrome Victoria. It guides you through what to look for in choosing a school. It suggests questions to ask to ensure that the school you choose is the best possible fit for your child. This resource is not specific to Auckland but we highly recommend it and encourage parents who are about to start thinking about schools to read it.

Your Early Intervention team should help guide you through the transition process. They can also help you with early contact with the school.
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Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

Preparation for application to this scheme is an important aspect of the transition process. ORS funding helps pay for the additional supports a child with Down syndrome needs to be successful in the school setting.
Ministry of Education website»

Students with Special Education Needs

Up-to-date information about the range of services and support available to students with special education needs.
Ministry of Education website»

YouthLaw Services: The Rights of Young People with Learning Support Needs

YouthLaw are there for when things go wrong and you need extra support. They are a specialist nationwide community law centre for children and young people under the age of 25. Youthlaw has particular expertise in education law ranging from school enrolment, discipline to special educational needs.
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Training phoneme blending skills in children with Down syndrome

This article from Down Syndrome Education International (DSE) is about supporting your child’s reading progress. The article reports the evaluation of a 6 week programme of teaching designed to support the development of phoneme blending skills in children with Down syndrome. DSE have a lot of great information specific to students with Down syndrome.
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