Prep is the first year of school and provides the foundation for your child's education. It is a full-time program held in primary schools. Children attend Monday-Friday.
Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. Check the table below to see when your child can start Prep.
|1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016||Prep||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017||Kindy||Prep||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018|| ||Kindy||Prep||Year 1||Year 2|
|1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019|| || ||Kindy||Prep||Year 1|
|1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020|| || || ||Kindy||Prep|
Enrolment age variations
Parents enrolling their child in school have the option of an early or delayed start. Enrolment age variations may be due to a child's development and readiness, and could improve their ability to learn.
Read more about early and delayed entry to Prep (https://education.qld.gov.au/parents-and-carers/school-information/school-operations/early-and-delayed-entry-to-prep)
Delayed start to Prep
It is not compulsory for your child to attend the Prep year as soon as they are old enough—5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. You can delay their entry by 1 year if you feel they are not ready, but when they start school, they should still start in the Prep year.
Parents who decide to delay their child's start in Prep may choose to keep their child at home, or in an:
Pebbles Program (PDF)
Students with disability
All children are entitled to attend the Prep Year at their local state school.
Schools provide support services to assist students with disability so they can be included in local Prep classes.
Find more information for students with disability, including information on the:
Get advice on preparing your child for Prep, (https://www.qld.gov.au/education/earlychildhood/prep/preparing) including early childhood education and care options, and how to get your child ready for their first day of school.
See how to enrol your child in school. (https://www.qld.gov.au/education/schools/find/enrolment/how-to)
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