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Preschool to Prep chronology

1876-1900 | 1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-2007

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 preparatory grade was abolished and preparatory work was included, with “readiness” work only being done, in the first 6 months of schooling.


  • The Queensland Government announced plans to introduce non-compulsory, free, pre-school education for all children aged 4-5.


  • Division of Preschool Education was established. Gerald Ashby was appointed as Director of Preschool Education.
  • The first State preschools were opened at Murgon, Chermside, Darra and Murrarie. By the end of the year 42 preschools had been completed.
  • A preschool unit was opened at the Royal Children's Hospital.


  • The Preschool Correspondence Program was inaugurated.
  • SPAN playgroups initiated with approximately 40 community-based playgroups for geographically isolated children.
  • Further hospital preschool units were opened at the Mater Hospital and the Townsville Hospital.


  • Early Childhood Drama project initiated by La Boite theatre to introduce preschool children to educational theatre.
  • Responsibility for the Brisbane Kindergarten Teacher's College was transferred to the state government.

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Logan, G & Clark, E 1984, State education in Queensland: a brief history,
Dept. of Education, Qld, Brisbane.

Department of Education and Training, 1860- Annual Report.

Fazldeen, AD 1997, Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland: A brief history.

Preschool Education: 25th Anniversary data compilation.

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Last reviewed
10 January 2013
Last updated
10 January 2013