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Prep 2019 Enrolment Process 

PREP INFORMATION EVENING 6.30pm Wednesday 6 June 2018, Ironside State School Hall
This information evening will provide an introduction to the school and the Prep Programme.  The process and requirements for enrolment will also be outlined.  All interested parents and carers are welcome to attend this evening.  Prep 2019 Enrolment Applications will be accepted after Wednesday 6 June 2018.  The Prep 2019 Enrolment Pack will be available to download from this website from 7 June 2018.  Prep 2019 Enrolment Applications cannot be accepted prior to this date. 
After Prep 2019 Enrolment Packs have been submitted and reviewed, successful applicants will be given access to book enrolment interviews (to be conducted August, September and October 2018) online.  Applicants must be currently living in the Ironside catchment area and be able to provide appropriate evidence to support their application (please see Enrolment Management Plan ). 

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 2013 and the 30 June 2014 they will be eligible to commence Prep in 2019. 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. 

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