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Prep enrolments

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Download the Department's enrolment form (PDF, 466 KB).

Prep is the first year of school and provides the foundation for your child's education.

It is a full-time program.  Children attend Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.

Children should be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol.

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

Enrolment age variations

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.  Early enrolment by up to one month (child turns 5 by 31 July) may be possible, but only if the principal is satisfied the child is ready for education in Prep.   You can delay a child's entry without approval by 1 year if you feel they are not ready, but when they start school, they should still start in the Prep year (and consequently will also have delayed entry to Year 1).

Read more about early and delayed entry to Prep and allocation of state education.

More information

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.

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Last reviewed 16 January 2020
Last updated 16 January 2020