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Prep

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Prep was introduced into Queensland schools in 2007. From 2017, Queensland children are required to undertake Prep prior to Year 1. Prep is a full-time program that children attend from Monday to Friday during normal school hours.
Children must be aged 5 years by 30 June in the year they start Prep.
Prep is the start of the early stage of learning which continues until Year 2. It is available in all Queensland state schools and most non-state schools offering a primary program.
Prep is part of the whole school. Classrooms and other facilities are located in school grounds.
Prep provides the foundation for your child's success at school by developing:
  • the knowledge, understanding and skills detailed in the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History (Foundation Year)
  • a positive approach to learning
  • independence and confidence
  • creativity and problem-solving skills
  • physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills.
In Prep, teachers support children's learning by making connections between school and their experiences at home, kindergarten or childcare.
 

Prep curriculum

Prep students are taught the Foundation Year of the Australian Curriculum( http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ ) for English, mathematics, science, history and geography and the remaining Queensland curriculum in 2014 and 2015.
 

Learning in Prep

In Prep, your child will have opportunities to learn in many different ways. This includes active learning such as play-based and enquiry-based approaches. They make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking skills, collaborate, communicate and develop a positive sense of self.
Children learn about:
  • speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • mathematics and problem solving
  • science, exploring interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world
  • history, beginning to examine and enquire about the past to develop curiosity and imagination.
Prep children also learn about:
  • negotiating rights, roles and responsibilities and developing social skills for working and playing with others
  • diverse social and cultural practices of people in their community
  • making healthy choices
  • experimenting with materials in a variety of creative, imaginative and innovative ways
  • technology in everyday life
  • music and movement.

Age is only the criterion for enrolment in the Prep Year for Queensland children.  Your child must be five by the 30th June in the year they enrol in Prep.  To find out when your child is eligible to enrol in the Prep year, see the table below.

  

2019
2020
2021
2022
2023
Child born 1st  July 2010 to 30th June 2011
Yr 3
Yr 4
Yr 5
Yr 6
Yr 7
Child born 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012
Yr 2
Yr 3
Yr 4
Yr 5
Yr 6
Child born 1st July 2012 to 30th June 2013
Yr 1
Yr 2
Yr 3
Yr 4
Yr 5
Child born 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014
PREP
Yr 1
Yr 2
Yr 3
Yr 4
Child born 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2015
PREP
Yr 1
Yr 2
Yr 3
Child born 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016
PREP
Yr 1
Yr 2
Child born 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017
PREP
Yr 1


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Last reviewed 21 August 2019
Last updated 21 August 2019