Preschool to Prep chronology
Preschool to Prep: a brief chronology of the development and provision of early childhood education in Queensland, with an emphasis on the participation of the Queensland Government.
- The 1930 syllabus included a formal preparatory grade to be completed over 1.5 years. Students attended for ½ day rather than a full day. In combination with Grade 1, this was defined as the Infant School work. Prep students were 4.5-5 years old. (see School admission and progression age:1875-2007)
- Preparatory grade period increased to 2 years (Preps 1, 2, 3 & 4).
- The Lady Gowrie Centres were established by the Commonwealth Government in each state as demonstration centres for children’s programs.
- A Pre-School Co-ordinating Committee, with representation from the Crèche and Kindergarten Association and the Department took on responsibility for the state’s kindergartens. The Committee was to advise the department on creating a system of state preschool education.
- The government began reserving suitable land for preschools. The policy was not fully implemented until 1973.
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