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Enrolling your child

Prep Year

Prep is the first year of schooling in Queensland. It is a full-time, school-based program and has a defined curriculum. To enrol in Prep, children must be aged five by 30 June in the year of proposed attendance. Parents can enrol their child in Prep by contacting the school directly, and must provide proof of their 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.

A fact sheet Adobe PDF document474K is available to help parents/carers prepare for enrolment in the Prep year.

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Primary school consists of Prep to Year 6. Children must be six years by 30 June in the year they enrol in Year 1. Parents may enrol a child in their local primary school by contacting the school directly.

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Students are eligible to enter the first year of secondary school, Year 7, after completing seven years of primary education (Prep to Year 6). Parents may enrol a child in their local secondary school by contacting the school directly.

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Transferring to another school

A Student Transfer Note (which is available in the Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools External Link procedure) should be obtained from the previous school if a student transfers from a non-state school to a Queensland state school, or vice versa. The Interstate Student Data Transfer Note system is designed to transfer information between schools about students who move interstate, enabling new schools to support the educational placements of new students. Curriculum resource lists and a prospectus containing detailed information on school policies, courses, and enrolment procedures are available from schools.

When transferring between schools:

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Choosing a state school

Parents are free to send their children to the school of their choice, depending on available places. Some schools have an enrolment management plan in place that means students may not be able to attend unless they live within the designated catchment zone.

Parents should contact the relevant regional office of the department for more information about available schools in a specific area, or can search for schools in their local area.

Below are some matters parents might wish to pursue with prospective schools:

Copies of the school rules or code of conduct, newsletters, prospectus and annual report will give you further information about the school and its activities.

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School communities in conjunction with their parents and citizens' association decide on a student dress code, which refl ects the needs and circumstances of that school community.

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Hours of operation

Most schools hold classes from 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, except for public and school holidays and student-free days. See term dates and vacations. Principals may change school hours to suit local conditions. Some secondary schools also have flexible arrangements for students involved in vocational education and training and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Outside school hours care

Many schools offer outside school hours care, before and after school, as well as school holiday programs. All children who are eligible to attend a school, including those enrolled in Prep Year, are eligible to be enrolled in outside school hours care. These services are organised and operated by either parents and citizens' associations, non-profit community groups or commercial providers. Parents should contact their local school to determine if a service is available at their school.

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This page was last reviewed on 17 Feb 2015 at 12:12PM

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