Enrolment for Prep 2020 opens soon. Look out for information.
The Preparatory Year is a full day program for five days a week, where children can continue on from their learning at home, kindergarten or childcare. It is designed to provide the foundation that children need for success in later schooling.
In Prep children learn through investigations and play in a range of structured and unstructured learning environments.
Children attending Prep will also have access to
- Performing Arts with a specialist
- Physical Education with a specialist
- Library borrowing in the Resource Centre
- iPads and computers
- Specialist play areas
Each day the children in Prep will be involved in:
- Indoor play
- Outdoor play
- Morning tea and lunch
- Quiet time
- Australian Curriculum learning experiences including numeracy and literacy
- Music and games
What will your child learn in Prep?
In Prep children learn in many different ways including play, organised games, and investigation. They develop important life skills by working with other children and adults. Prep makes connections between school and what your child learns at home and in early childhood education and care.
Prep helps your child develop:
- a positive approach to learning
- independence and confidence
- thinking and problem-solving skills
- language skills
- early literacy and numeracy
- physical abilities
Prep teachers in state schools (and most non-state schools) use the
Foundation Year of the Australian Curriculum (PDF, 1.5MB) to guide children’s learning. The Foundation Year in the Australian Curriculum refers to the year before Year 1. In Queensland this is called Prep.
Learning through play
- When children start Prep they move to a more structured learning environment, but they continue to learn through play.
- During play children make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and teamwork skills, communicate, and develop a positive sense of themselves.
- Types of play used to help Prep children learn may include:
- manipulative—doing puzzles, making necklaces or constructions
- games with rules—playing board and card games or outdoor games with rules
- exploratory—using blocks to investigate weight, height, number, shape and balance
- fantasy—children creating props for space adventures
- physical—moving through obstacle courses, climbing, running
- Other activities like music, painting and drawing encourage language, reading and writing skills.
Prep information handbook 2020 and additional information
For more information access our
2020 Prep Parent Information Book.pdf
Further information visit
Queensland Gov. About prep
Preparation for Prep
Resources for transition to school
To check if your child is eligible to enroll in Prep see the calculator for this at
For information on the age level suitable for Prep, please visit these sites.