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Prep Year

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Preparatory year (prep) is the first year of schooling in Queensland.

Eligibility

To be eligible for prep, a child must turn five years old by 30 June in the year they start prep.

Most children commence prep in the year they become eligible, however parents who are concerned their child is not ready to start school at that time may choose to start their child a year later in the preparatory year - the year they become of compulsory school age (6 years and 6 months)

Parents should discuss any concerns with the Head of School during the enrolment process. Placement of a child into their first year of school is dependent upon the child having the necessary skills to engage in learning.

Parents of compulsory school age children have a legal obligation to ensure that their children are enrolled in school and attend for every day of the education program in which they are enrolled. Enrolment in, and full-time attendance at prep, fulfils this obligation.

Eligibility is extended to:

  • Children of families living more than 3.2km from the nearest State Preparatory Centre or Early Education Class who do not attend either of these facilities on a regular basis.
  • Children of families residing in Queensland who are travelling within Australia or Australian waters.
  • Children of Australian families travelling or living temporarily overseas.
  • Children unable to access a Preparatory Centre because of a medical condition.

Curriculum offered

Our school offers a full time program based on the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines (PDF, 2.5MB).

Our preparatory programs builds a child’s learning in the following contexts:

  • social and personal learning
  • health and physical learning
  • active learning processes
  • foundation level english and mathematics.

Enrolment process

Contact the school to discuss enrolment then complete the relevant enrolment application forms. Before enrolment can be accepted, proof of date of birth must be submitted (e.g. photocopy of birth or baptismal certificate or clinic card).

Additional form

The Medical form (PDF, 496KB) is required when enrolling in the Medical category.

Costs

There are no costs for children residing within Australia. Eligible children outside of Australia are expected to cover international post charges.

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Last reviewed 25 February 2019
Last updated 25 February 2019