Queensland’s Preparatory Year gives all young Queenslanders the very best start to school by helping them make a smooth transition to Year 1 and sets them on the path to lifelong learning.
Children must be aged five by 30 June in the year they enrol for Prep. Parents can enrol their child in the Preparatory Year by contacting the school directly. Parents who are concerned their child is not ready to start Prep at that time can choose to start their child a year later – the year they become of compulsory school age (6 years and 6 months).
The Preparatory Year will provide the foundation your child needs to succeed at school by developing a positive approach to learning, independence and confidence, thinking and problem-solving skills, language skills, early literacy and numeracy, physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills.
Prep is integrated fully into the rest of the school, and classrooms and other facilities are located on the same grounds as the primary school. This allows children to feel part of the broader school community and will help with their transition to Year 1.
Prep classrooms generally consist of an open space for group and individual activities with a carpeted area for storytelling and singing. Prep classes will comprise up to 25 students.
Your child may need to wear a school uniform, but this is up to individual schools.
What will your child do in Prep?
A key feature of Prep is that it makes connections between children’s prior experiences at home, kindy or childcare and what they do at school. In Prep your child will be actively involved in learning and will have opportunities to learn in many different ways – for example through investigation and play.
Children are encouraged to develop independence and personal organisational skills. Working with other children and adults is also an important life skill that is part of the Prep program. Children will be:
• using blocks and manipulative equipment and creating collages to develop early mathematical concepts and skills
• drawing and painting to encourage oral language, reading and writing skills
• initiating and participating in dramatic play to build an understanding of the world around them
• playing and investigating independently, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class
• participating in outdoor activities
• participating in music and language experiences.
EDUCATION ACROSS QUEENSLAND
Education Queensland delivers high-quality and accessible public education to around 70 per cent of all Queensland school students through the state schooling system. The Department is responsible for almost 1300 schools staffed by more than 36,000 teachers and attended by almost 480,000 students. All state schools are coeducational.
The school year usually runs from late January to mid December. It is divided into two semesters with two terms in each, and vacation breaks for Easter, winter, spring and summer.
Parents are free to send their children to the school of their choice, depending on available places. Most schools hold classes from 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, except for public and school holidays and student-free days.
Children are able to attend a non-compulsory, full-time Preparatory year of schooling. Children must be aged five by 30 June in the year they enrol.
Children must be aged six by 30 June in the year they enrol in Year 1 in Queensland. For a child entering Year 1, schools require proof of the child’s date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport or visa.
Students are eligible to enter the first year of Queensland secondary schooling, Year 7, after completing six years of primary education.