Prep is the first year of school and provides the foundation for your child's education. It is compulsory for Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to Year 1. Prep is a full-time program in primary schools and has a defined curriculum. Children attend Monday to Friday, generally from 9am to 3pm.
Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. Check the table below to see when your child can start Prep.
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011
1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012
1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013
1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014
Parents enrolling their child in school have the option of an early or delayed start. Enrolment age variations may be due to a child’s development and readiness, and could improve their ability to learn.
Read more about early and delayed entry to Prep and allocation of state education.
It is not compulsory for your child to attend the Prep year as soon as they are old enough—5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. You can delay their entry by 1 year if you feel they are not ready, but when they start school, they should still start in the Prep year. Your child must be enrolled in school when they turn compulsory schooling age (that is, at least 6 years and 6 months).
Parents who decide to delay their child’s start in Prep may choose to keep their child at home or in an early childhood education and care service. Parents may also apply to access an Early Childhood Development Program for children with disability through existing regional processes.
Get advice on preparing your child for Prep, including early childhood education and care options, and how to get your child ready for their first day of school.
See how to enrol your child in school.