About Prep

From 2017, Queensland children are required to undertake Prep prior to Year 1. Prep is a full-time program that children attend from Monday to Friday during normal school hours, generally from 9am to 3pm.

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

Prep is part of the whole school. Classrooms and other facilities are located in school grounds.

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

  • the knowledge, understanding and skills detailed in the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History (Foundation Year)
  • a positive approach to learning
  • independence and confidence
  • creativity and problem-solving skills
  • physical abilities, including gross and fine motor skills.

In Prep, teachers support children's learning by making connections between school and their experiences at home, kindergarten or childcare. 

Learning in Prep

In Prep, your child will have opportunities to learn in many different ways. This includes active learning such as play-based and enquiry-based approaches. They make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking skills, collaborate, communicate and develop a positive sense of self.

Children learn about:

  • speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • mathematics and problem solving
  • science, exploring interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world
  • history, beginning to examine and enquire about the past to develop curiosity and imagination.

Prep children also learn about:

  • negotiating rights, roles and responsibilities and developing social skills for working and playing with others
  • diverse social and cultural practices of people in their community
  • making healthy choices
  • experimenting with materials in a variety of creative, imaginative and innovative ways
  • technology in everyday life
  • music and movement.

Preparing for the first day at school

Think about how you can best prepare your child for the first day at school:

  • Have some practice runs before school starts and encourage your child to organise clean clothes, books and bag.
  • Be sure your child has a balanced breakfast and pack a healthy lunch and snacks.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves. Look for clothes with easy fasteners.
  • Label all belongings and find out where lost property is held at school.
  • Avoid a rush. Leave home on time and allow time to say goodbye. At first you may stay a while to ensure your child feels secure. Once your child has settled in, a short and reassuring "goodbye" encourages independence.
  • Check what time schools finishes and arrive in plenty of time to collect your child.

Links for parents

Considerations application prep early entry (PDF, 422KB)

Early entry prep framework (PDF, 634KB)

Early entry prep framework overview (PDF, 168KB)

Early entry prep FAQs (PDF, 82KB)

Last reviewed 05 February 2020
Last updated 05 February 2020