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Prep 2019 Enrolment Process 

 
 
 
To enrol your child into Ironside State School's Prep 2019 program, please submit a completed Prep 2019 Enrolment Pack to the Enrolment Officer at enrolments@ironsidess.eq.edu.au.  After the pack has been reviewed successful applicants will be given access to book enrolment interviews online (to be conducted August, September and October 2018).
 
Applicants must be currently residing in the Ironside State School catchment area and be able to provide appropriate evidence to support their application as per the Checklist for Prep 2019 Enrolment Application located in the pack.
 
   
For families moving into the catchment during the December/January school holidays, further interview times will be available in the week before school commences (21-25 January 2019).  Applicants are advised to submit an Prep 2019 Enrolment Pack to enrolments@ironsidess.eq.edu.au as soon as possible after moving to the catchment in order to book in to these limited number of interviews.
   
The first day of school will be 29 January 2018.

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. It has been compulsory from 2017 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