From 2007, a full-time, non-compulsory Preparatory Year replaced the Preschool Year in Queensland schools with Preschool no longer an official year of schooling. Pre-Prep educational programs may be offered in association with childcare services affiliated with schools but do not attract school funding.
As the Preparatory Year is now included within the primary years of schooling, eligible enrolments in the Preparatory Year attract the full primary school funding rate.
Preparatory enrolments are subject to the normal audit requirements of the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.
As mandated under the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006, to be enrolled in the Preparatory Year of a non-state school a student must be:
Example "A child who turns 5 on or before 30 June in a year will be at least 5 years and 6 months on 31 December in that year