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
The only exceptions to compulsory participation in Prep are where:
a child has undertaken education in another jurisdiction that is equivalent
a child was registered for home education in the year prior to enrolment in
a state or non-state school
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