Education in New Zealand
New Zealand offers a full range of educational opportunities – from pre-school right through to adult learning.
Schooling is compulsory for children from their sixth to their sixteenth birthdays, but most children start school at five. Many children also go to to either teacher-led or parent-led early childhood education centres.
After school, students can attend university or a polytechnic, or take part in training courses.
There are also plenty of opportunities available for those wishing to improve their English once they get here.
The Ministry of Education has published a guide for migrants to help them understand the New Zealand Education system. It is available in English (PDF 408kB), Chinese (PDF 451kB), Korean (PDF 536kB), Spanish (PDF 401kB) and Japanese (PDF 550kB)