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Prep enrolments

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Prep is the first year of school and provides the foundation for your child's education. It is a full-time program held in primary schools. Children attend Monday-Friday, generally from 9am-3pm.

Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. Check the table below to see when your child can start Prep.

Child born

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Prep

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

Kindy

Prep

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

Kindy

Prep

Year 1

Year 2

1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017


Kindy

Prep

Year 1

1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018



Kindy

Prep

1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014




Kindy

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.

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

Delayed start to Prep

It is not compulsory for your child to attend the Prep year as soon as they are old enough—5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. You can delay their entry by 1 year if you feel they are not ready, but when they start school, they should still start in the Prep year.

Parents who decide to delay their child’s start in Prep may choose to keep their child at home, or in an:

Students with disability

All children are entitled to attend the Prep Year at their local state school.

Schools provide support services to assist students with disability so they can be included in local Prep classes.

Find more information for students with disability, including information on the:

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.

See how to enrol your child in school.

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Last updated
03 March 2015
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Last reviewed 30 May 2019
Last updated 30 May 2019