Additional Prep information


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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
  • Assembly
  • Tuckshop
  • iPads and computers
  • Specialist play areas 

Each day the children in Prep will be involved in:

  • Indoor play
  • Outdoor play
  • Fruit break
  • First break (when they eat their main lunch)
  • Second break​
  • 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 curriculum

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. 

mLearning - BYO iPad Classes in 2022

Updates for 2023 to follow later this year.

In 2022, Peregian Springs State School's 'Bring Your Own'  iPad program will allow all children in Prep -Year 6  to bring their own iPad to school.  

    • iPads at school in 2022: As part of our expanding mLearning Program, all students in Prep will have the opportunity to bring their own iPad to school in 2022/23. More details will be available later in the year.
    • We understand that this requires a significant financial commitment from families and participation in the BYO iPad Program is optional.  Students without their own iPad will continue to access the shared school-owned iPads, for their learning whilst at school. 
    • BYO iPads need to meet minimum specifications, so that they can be used in the ways that the school requires them. Please visit our mLearning Page on this website for more details.

Prep information handbook ​and additional information

For more information access our Information handbook - available later in the year.

Further information visit Queensland Gov. About prep

Queensland Govt. 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

Last reviewed 15 July 2022
Last updated 15 July 2022