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Early and delayed entry to Prep

The decision about when a child enrols in Prep is extremely important and should be made in the child's best educational interests to enable a positive and successful start to school.

Prep eligibility

Prep eligibility for children is from the beginning of the school year in which they will reach the age of 5 years by 30 June. From 2017, all Queensland children are required to undertake Prep, prior to commencing Year 1.

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 interests.

Early entry to Prep

Children who are younger than the prescribed age for Prep may be enrolled in Prep if:

The principal may also enrol a child in Prep who is younger than the prescribed age if the child:

A program is considered to be equivalent to Prep if it is full-time, school based, and has a defined curriculum delivered in the year prior to Year 1.

There are no exceptions to these requirements. The conditions for early entry to Prep are set out in legislation, specifically Part 4, Section 15 of the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2006 Adobe PDF document External Link.

Not all children who turn 5 years of age in July will be eligible for early entry to Prep. The child must also be considered by the principal to be ready for education.

Parents seeking early entry to Prep for their child should contact the principal of the school in which they are intending to enrol their child. The application form for consideration for early entry is located in the Enrolment in State Primary, Secondary and Special Schools procedure External Link.

Parent information - early entry to Prep Adobe PDF document276K

Parent information - early entry to Prep Microsoft® Word document 17K

Delayed entry to Prep for children who have not previously been enrolled in Prep

Parents may delay their child's entry to Prep (and subsequently Year 1) if they feel that the child is not ready to start school. For example, the child is not ready to cope with the social and emotional demands of schooling, or has delayed development.

No formal documentation, assessment or approval is required for delayed entry to Prep.

Principals do not make decisions on delaying a child's entry to Prep. While some parents may choose to discuss their decision to delay entry with the principal, it is not necessary for them to do so.

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