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Ironside State School is currently taking enrolments bookings for Prep 2018.  Please submit an Enrolment Pack to the Enrolment Officer at to
start the process.

Prep Starting Age


In order for your child to be eligible to commence Prep they must be turning five years old by the 30 June in the year they enrol in Prep.

This means that if your child was born between the 1 July 2012 and the 30 June 2013 they will be eligible to commence Prep in 2018.

From 2017 it is compulsory for Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to Year 1.

Please be aware, the compulsory school starting age is different to compulsory participation in Prep. Children need to be enrolled when they reach the compulsory school age i.e. turn six-years and six-months.

When they do enrol, unless there are exceptional circumstances, they will undertake Prep prior to Year 1.

Enrolling in Prep


Enrolment applications for admission into Prep will be accepted each year from the beginning of Term 3 for enrolment to commence from the beginning of Term 1 the following year.

Applications will be recorded in order of receipt and will remain current only for the year of submission.

To determine when your child can commence their prep year, use the prep ready reckoner calculator.  

The Curriculum


The Early Years Curriculum Guidelines are designed to better prepare children for primary school.  It is based around active learning, investigations and play. In Prep children will be:

   •           Using blocks and other equipment to develop early mathematical concepts and skills

  •          Building and understanding of the world around them through dramatic play

  •            Drawing and painting to encourage oral language, reading and writing skills

  •            Playing and investigating independently, in pairs, in small groups and as a whole class

  •            Actively making choices about what and how they learn

  •            Participating in music and language experiences

  The learning experiences will help children to:

  •             Develop oral language, literacy and numeracy skills

  •             Become independent thinkers and problem solvers

  •             Learn how to cope with others

  •             Develop physical co-ordination skills

  •             Listen to, respond to and give directions