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Primary school consists of Prep to Year 6. Prep is the first year of schooling in Queensland. It is a full-time, school-based program and has a defined curriculum. From 2017, it is compulsory for all Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to commencing Year 1.
The only exceptions to compulsory participation in Prep are where:
  • a child has undertaken education in another jurisdiction that is equivalent to Prep;
  • a child was registered for home education in the year prior to enrolment in a state or non-state school; or
  • the principal is satisfied the child is ready to be enrolled in Year 1 taking into account the child's attributes.
To minimise disruption to schools and families, the new requirement will not apply to children already enrolled in Year 1 for 2017.
To enrol in Prep, children must be aged five years by 30 June in the year of proposed attendance. You can enrol your child in Prep by contacting the school directly, and you must provide proof of your child's date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, passport or visa). Early or delayed entry to Prep are options which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child's best educational interest. These options should be discussed with the principal.
Information is available to help parents/carers support their child's transition to school.
Preparing for the first day at school
Think about how you can best prepare your child for the first day at school:
  • Have some practice runs before school starts and encourage your child to organise clean clothes, books and bag.
  • Be sure your child has a balanced breakfast and pack a healthy lunch and snacks.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves. Look for clothes with easy fasteners.
  • Label all belongings and find out where lost property is held at school.
  • Avoid a rush. Leave home on time and allow time to say goodbye. At first you may stay a while to ensure your child feels secure. Once your child has settled in, a short and reassuring "goodbye" encourages independence.
  • Check what time schools finishes and arrive in plenty of time to collect your child.

 To determine if your child is eligible to enrol in prep please check the Education Queensland's prep ready reckoner.


Please follow this link to the Prep Handbook 2018 which will give you some great information for their first year of school.