PRE-SCHOOL ENROLMENT CRITERIA

1. A child with any degree of hearing loss

  • may enrol for all of the available session times.
  • enrolment fee applies.

2. Siblings of children with a hearing loss

  • may enrol for all of the available session times.
  • enrolment fee applies.

3. Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)

  • may enrol for all of the available session times.
  • enrolment fee applies.

4. Discretionary enrolment –children who have a link to the adult Deaf community

  • may enrol for all of the available session times.
  • enrolment fee applies.
  • Restrictions: unable to access our transport service.

5. Children from the local community or have a sibling enrolled into Kelston Primary School, live in Kelston, Glen Eden or New Lynn suburbs

  • may enrol for all of the available session times.
  • enrolment fee applies.
  • Restrictions: unable to access our transport service.

ENROLMENT PROTECTION SCHEME

Maintain a quality service that meets the needs of children with a hearing loss, Pre-school management reserves the right to protect a number of enrolment spaces. Please see the following guidelines for enrolment protection scheme:

Enrolment criteria 1 – 4

60% of child places will be held. If the pre-school roll is full, the next available space will be made available for the enrolment of a child with a hearing loss. If the enrolment numbers fall below the 60% mark the spaces will be held empty irrelevant of the waiting list for criteria 5

Enrolment criteria 5

40% of the child spaces during the hours of 8.30 – 12.30 will be held. Any enrolment exceeding that number will be placed on a waiting list

SCHOOL ENROLMENT CRITERIA

School-aged students are enrolled at Kelston Deaf Education Centre School because they are Deaf or hearing impaired. These students require specialist and precision teaching to access the New Zealand Curriculum.

PURPOSE

To provide specialised education pathways from Years 1 – 15 for Deaf and hearing impaired students according to their individual need.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

The decision for admission is based on:

  • Proof of New Zealand citizenship, residency, or student permit status.

NOTES TO ACCOMPANY THE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

Proof of NZ Citizenship, residency or student permit status:

Every child between the ages of 5 years and, in the Special School context, up to the end of the year they turn 21 has a right to enrol in any state funded school provided they can be classed as a domestic student. Schooling is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16 years. If the student is not born in New Zealand, proof of eligibility for enrolment is required, e.g. parents' work permit, passport containing residency stamp, New Zealand passport, Certificate of Citizenship, student visa, student temporary visa.

a. Australian residents, Cook Islands, Tokelauan and Nuiean students are eligible as of right.

b. Please see the Ministry of Education Website for more information:

Section 9 Agreement:

A Section 9 Agreement is an agreement between a parent or guardian and the Secretary for Education. It allows a child or young person to enrol at a special education facility or to continue to be enrolled at a primary, intermediate or secondary school beyond the legal age. Please see the Ministry of Education Website for more information:

Hearing Factors:

Strong preference will be given to students who have a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Students who present with a bilateral conductive hearing loss will be considered on a case by case basis. The KDEC School is not funded to enrol students with a unilateral hearing loss.

Preference will be given to students who are ORS funded. Students who are not verified as having ORS funding may be enrolled in exceptional circumstances.

Age restrictions under the Education Act 1989

Children under 5 years old cannot be enrolled into a state school. No person who has turned 14 in any year can continue in a Primary or Intermediate school or any class below Year 9 in the next year.

Other Matters:

a. A factor for the Admissions committee for admission to the KDEC School will be students who require adaptation of and access to the New Zealand Curriculum from a Deaf context.

b. The existing learning groups of students and the availability of placements within provisions will be considered in all admission decisions.

For further information please contact Margaret Carr, Deputy Head of School at margaret.carr@kdec.school.nz

REGIONAL SERVICES (RESOURCE TEACHER OF THE DEAF)

Students eligible to access KDEC's regional teaching services will be in the region bounded by a line north of New Plymouth to Taumarunui, to Turangi to Opotiki and must be:

  • Deaf or hearing impaired and have moderate needs or
  • Verified under the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) and
  • Enrolled in a state funded mainstream setting.

Priority for admission onto caseloads will be determined against the following criteria: (Subject to Special Education Policy)

  • have a profound, severe or moderately-severe hearing loss
  • exhibit a significant communication deficit
  • are transitioning into school up to 8 years of age
  • are late aided
  • are transitioning from Early Childhood education to primary, primary to secondary, or who are changing mainstream schools
  • sitting National Qualifications
  • are from homes where little or no English is spoken
  • have Deaf or hearing impaired parents/caregivers
  • when ORS funding is transferred from the mainstream school to support Resource Teacher of the Deaf services

Services may be reduced or discontinued where the student:

  • leaves the coverage area, or
  • demonstrated achievement/no longer warrants a service, or
  • has a low level of need relative to other eligible students seeking a service, or
  • is consistently truant, or
  • ORS transfer agreement ceases.

For further information please contact KDEC’s Regional Manager, Michael Heeney michael.heeney@kdec.school.nz