As Prep is not compulsory, some parents may choose to send their children to an alternative early childhood care and education service.
Prep is part of primary schooling and is provided through state schools and accredited non-state schools.
Parents considering a pre-Prep service for their child should consider the full range of early education and care options available to them and place their child's name on waiting lists if necessary.
Children who participate in a quality early education program, such as kindergarten, enjoy learning experiences and establish relationships that create a strong foundation for their future education.
Queensland Government approved kindergarten programs offer an accredited education program for children in the year before Prep delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for at least 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year. Approved kindergarten programs can be delivered in a range of settings, including kindergarten and long day care services.
To find an approved kindergarten program in your area call 1800 4 KINDY (1800 434 639) or visit the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care website .
For information on other centre-based and home-based Queensland early childhood education and care services please call the Early Childhood Information Services on 1800 637 711 (24 hrs) or use the online Early Childhood Education and Care Services Search.
This page was last reviewed on 03 Oct 2011 at 10:41AM