Prep enrolment information

Your child’s date of birth must be between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012 to be eligible to enrol for Prep in 2017.  The Prep Enrolment package is also part of our Enrolment Package or can be obtained directly from our Office between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please remember to provide proof of your address, your child's birth certificate and immunisation record when enrolling your child. 

If you have any inquiries please phone our friendly office staff on (07) 5452 3444 or email:

Some frequently asked questions about Prep

When can my child start Prep?

Children must turn 5 before 30 June in the year they start Prep to be eligible. If a parent/carer thinks their child may not be ready to start Year 1 in the year they turn 6 years by 30 June, the parent should discuss their child’s needs with the school principal. Where a child will turn the compulsory school age during the calendar year, parents/carers can enrol in either the Preparatory Year or Year 1 giving consideration to the child’s aptitude and ability, social and emotional competence and physical development. If a child has already turned the compulsory school age on or before the beginning of the school year and has not previously been enrolled in the Preparatory Year, parents/carers should discuss placement options with the school principal. In determining the most appropriate year level placement for the child consideration should be given to the child’s aptitude and ability, social and emotional competence and physical development. Early entry to prep is only allowed for children on transfer from interstate or overseas and who have been enrolled in a similar pre-Year 1 program.  

What about Before Prep?

For more information about kindergartens and other child care service options for children prior to Prep contact:

What will the children learn?

In Prep children learn in many different ways including play, organised games and investigation.  They develop important life skills by working with other children and adults.  Prep makes connections between school and what your child learns at home and in early childhood education and care. 

Prep helps your child develop:

  • a positive approach to learning
  • independence and confidence
  • language skills
  • thinking and problem solving skills
  • literacy and numeracy
  • physical abilities.

Prep teachers in state schools use the Foundation year of the Australian Curriculum to guide children's learning. The Foundation year in the Australian Curriculum refers to the year before year one. In Queensland this is called Prep. 

Learning through Play

When children start prep they move to a more structured learning environment, but they continue to learn through play.

During play children make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and team work skills, communicate and develop a positive sense of themselves. 

Types of play used to help prep children learn may include:

  • manipulative - doing puzzles, making necklaces or constructions
  • games with rules - playing board and card games or outdoor games with rules
  • exploratory - using blocks to investigate weight, height, number, shape and balance
  • imaginative - children creating props for e.g. space play or princesses
  • physical - moving through obstacle courses, climbing and running

Other activities like music, painting and drawing encourage language, reading and writing skills.

Last reviewed 06 May 2020
Last updated 06 May 2020