STARTING "big school" is one of life's important milestones. It is the beginning of a child's 13 years of formal education.
While it can be an emotional time for parents as they see their little ones looking all grown up in their school uniform and starting a new chapter in their lives, it is also very exciting as they watch them learn new things and prosper.
Education experts say children who have a positive start to school are likely to engage and experience ongoing academic and social success.
At Southern Highlands News we want to help families and schools celebrate the kindergarten children who started school in 2021.
Participating Southern Highlands schools have submitted photos of their kindergarten students and you can see them all here in our special publication Kindy Kids 2021.
We wish all the children who started kindergarten in 2021 the very best for their first year of school and a wonderful educational journey for the years ahead.