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The Preparatory (Prep) year is the first year of school for your child. It is a non-compulsory, full-time program that runs five days per week. Your child is expected to attend full-time in order to get the most from the Prep year.

Age is the only criterion for enrolment in the Prep year for Queensland children.  Your child must be five by 30 June in the year they enrol in Prep. To find out when your child is eligible to enrol in the Prep year, see the table below.

​Child born 2015​ 2016​ 2017​ 2018​ 2019​ 2020​​
​1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 ​Prep Year 1​ Year 2​ Year 3​ Year 4​ Year 5​
​1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 ​Prep ​Year 1 ​Year 2 ​Year 3 ​Year 4
​1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 Prep​ Year 1​ Year 2​ Year 3​
​1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 Prep​ Year 1​ Year 2​
​1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 Prep​ Year 1​
1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015​ Prep​

Legislative provision for early entry to the Prep year

If you are moving to Queensland from another state or country, it may be possible to enrol your child in the Prep year IF the Principal in a non-state school or the Principal’s supervisor for a state school is satisfied that the child:

  • had started education in another state or country that is equivalent to the Prep year; 

  • is ready for education in the Prep year, having regard to the child’s attributes including aptitude and ability, social and emotional competence, and physical development.

 If your child meets both criteria, you could apply for early entry to the Prep year.