Childcare and schools

Childcare

Defence childcare centres
Children of mobile Defence families can receive priority of access to Defence childcare centres around Australia. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) also provides individual case management to help parents with childcare placement. For more information click here.  

 

More childcare resources

There are a number of child care facilities in Adelaide. The resources below may help you locate the right child care service for your family.

 

Schools

DCO provides a range of services and resources for Defence children to assist with the transition between schools and education systems when families move, and to provide support for the unique needs of Defence students. You can find information on schooling, including aides and mentors on the DCO website on Education or Your Community pages.

 

Adelaide has a wide range of schooling options within the state public and the private school systems. In metropolitan Adelaide, all state high schools and an increasing number of primary schools have a school zone. Catholic and independent schools are not zoned.

 

SA School Terms

Click here to see the school terms observed in SA from 2018-2021.

 

Enrolment Information

  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for SA primary schools.
  • Click here to see helpful enrolment information for SA high schools.

Schools with Defence Aides and Mentors

The Defence School Transition Program provides support to children of ADF families, particularly during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

The in-school aides (for primary schools) and mentors (for high schools) are funded by the Department of Defence through DCO (Defence Community Organisation). They are employed as a member of the school staff by respective schools or education systems within each State or Territory.

 

Primary schools with Defence School Transition Aides (DSTAs)

 

High schools with Defence Transition Mentors (DTMs)

 

Universities

Adelaide is home to a number of major universities: