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Prep

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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 2015 and the 30 June 2016 they will be eligible to commence Prep in 2021. 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.  

Prep Enrolment Process 

Prior to families starting the enrolment process, parents are encouraged to review our "Enrolling at Our School" webpage regarding general conditions of enrolment eligibility at Ironside State School.
Prospective families are welcome to attend any of our school tours which are held every Tuesday during the term (except the last week of the school year) at 9.30am and take approximately 30 minutes. Bookings are now essential; please email enrolments@ironsidess.eq.edu.au to register your interest. Please be aware there is no onsite parking. 

Current Enrolment 

If you are enrolling your child in Prep for the current academic year, an enrolment interview will be coordinated with the Deputy Principal (Prep - Year 2) as per communications from our Enrolments Officer.

Future Enrolment 

Applications for future enrolments are accepted from the beginning of Semester Two prior to commencement. Applications are now open. For all relevant information regarding future enrolments please click on the link below.

2021 Enrolment Information

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
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Last reviewed 05 August 2020
Last updated 05 August 2020