The Preparatory year (Prep) is a universally available non-compulsory program offered in primary schools for children in the year before they start compulsory schooling. It is available in all Queensland state schools and most non-state schools offering a primary program. There are no waiting lists for enrolment in Prep at state schools.
Prep is a full-time program and children attend from Monday to Friday during normal school hours, generally from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. Prep is integrated fully into the rest of the school. Classrooms and other facilities are located in school grounds. Students with disability who are of eligible age to attend Prep will be included in local Prep classes, wherever possible. This reflects the government's commitment to providing inclusive education for all students.
There are a range of options for students with disability of Prep eligible age dependent on educational support needs. These include attendance at a full-time Prep program with support from specialist teachers, attendance at a combined Prep and Early Childhood Development Program and, for a small number of children, attendance for an individualised program at an Early Childhood Development Program or special school (approved to provide early childhood development program).
Advice about the options in your local region can be sought from the Principal Education Officer, Student Services based at the regional office.
Prep provides the foundation for your child's success at school by developing:
Prep classrooms generally have an open space for activities with a carpeted area for storytelling and singing. They also have a food preparation area and access to an outdoor learning area.
Prep classes have up to 25 students. In some smaller schools, Prep children may be included in composite classes with Year 1, 2 or 3 students.
For more information about Prep, talk to staff at your primary school or refer to the frequently asked questions section of the early childhood website.