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About Prep

In 2007 Prep replaced preschool in Queensland.

Prep is an early education program, only offered in primary schools.

It is a full-time program and children attend from Monday to Friday during normal school hours, generally from 9am to 3pm.

Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they start Prep.

It is available in all Queensland state schools and most non-state schools offering a primary program.

Prep is integrated fully into the rest of the school. Classrooms and other facilities are located in school grounds.

Prep provides the foundation for your child's success at school by developing:

  • a positive approach to learning 
  • independence and confidence
  • thinking and problem-solving skills
  • language skills
  • early literacy and numeracy
  • physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills

To enrol your child in Prep contact your local school.
To determine when your child can commence their prep year, use the prep ready reckoner calculator.