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When can children enrol in prep?

Children need to be five by 30 June in the year they enrol in prep.


2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Child born 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 Prep Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 Yr 6 Yr 7
Child born 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008   Prep Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 Yr 6
Child born 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009     Prep Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5
Child born 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010       Prep Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4
Child born 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011         Prep Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3
Child born 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012           Prep Yr 1 Yr 2
Child born 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013             Prep Yr 1
Child born 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014               Prep​

Is prep compulsory?

The preparatory year is not compulsory. Parents may choose to keep their children at home or to send them to an alternative early childhood education and care service. Prep is available for those parents who want their children to participate in a full-time education program at a school.

Can children turning 5 after 30 June enrol in prep?

Children must be five by 30 June in year of enrolment. Special consideration may be given to children from interstate or overseas who meet legislated criteria.

Can children with a disability attend prep?

Children with disabilities, who are of eligible age, are included in prep classes wherever possible. Children with high support needs who cannot be supported in their local prep class continue to be eligible for highly specialised programs for example, in early childhood intervention programs such as the Early Childhood Development Program.