Access keys | Skip to primary navigation | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to content | Skip to footer |
Problems viewing this site
Link to Queensland Government (
Home | Site map | Contact us | for
Department of Education, Training and Employment
A guide to state schools >

Enrolling your child

Preparing for Prep

There are a number of fact sheets Adobe PDF document available to help parents/carers prepare for enrolment in the preparatory year.

Preparatory Year

A non-compulsory, full-time Preparatory Year of schooling has replaced the parttime Preschool program. Children must be aged five by 30 June in the year they enrol. Parents can enrol their child in the Preparatory Year by contacting the school directly. There will be no waiting list for enrolment in the Preparatory Year. For more information see curriculum.


From January 2008, children must be six by 30 June in the year they enrol in Year 1. Under special circumstances, children may be enrolled at a younger age. Parents may enrol a child in their local primary school by contacting the school directly. For a child entering Year 1, schools require proof of the child's date of birth, such as a birth certificate, passport or visa.

^ Top of page


Students are eligible to enter the first year of secondary school, Year 8, after completing seven years of primary education. Parents may enrol a child in their local secondary school by contacting the school directly.

^ Top of page

Transferring to another school

A Certificate of Transfer should be obtained if a student transfers from one Queensland state school to another. 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:

^ Top of page

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 Education Queensland district office for more information about available schools in a specific area, or can search for schools in their local area.

Below are some issues 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.

^ Top of page


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.

^ Top of page

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.

^ Top of page

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 primary 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.

^ Top of page

This page was last reviewed on 02 Oct 2013 at 04:04PM

Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy | Access keys | Other languagesOther languages

© The State of Queensland (Department of Education, Training and Employment) 2005-2014.

Queensland Government

Great state. Great opportunity.