Is Your Child Ready for Prep? | Or Should You Delay?

Testing tool for Prep
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Previous Education Minister, Kate Jones, worked with Ed Queensland to develop a tool to help school Principals assess a child’s readiness for Prep. This tool looks at the child’s social, emotional and physical abilities and determine if they can gain early entry to Prep.

Early Entry to Prep

In 2014, the government changed the entry to Prep cut-off to 31 July to give parents the option to send their July born children to Prep instead of waiting for another full year. A July-born child is not guaranteed early enrolment. Early entry to Prep is an exception, where it is in the best interests of the child and they have the required attributes. 

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Testing Tool 

The formal framework is designed to determine whether a child born in July is ‘Prep Ready’ takes the pressure off the individual Principals to make the decision. There is now a clear and consistent set of test devised with the help of Principals, Teachers, Parents and Early Childhood Educators to determine a child’s eligibility for early entry to Prep. You can find it here.

Reversing the July 31 Cut-Off Date

In 2015, the decision to allow for early entry to Prep was reversed, moving the cut-off from July 31 back to June 30. Education Queensland updated their website accordingly. Early or delayed entry to Prep are options which may be considered in specific circumstances and where it is in a child’s best educational interests. Any early entry to Prep, from 2017, is determined by the testing tool in conjunction with schools and school Principals.

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When does my child start Prep?

Want to find out when you child can start Prep? Use this online calculator created by the Queensland government to determine their start year based on the month and year they were born. 

But… Is My Child READY For Prep? Find out here.

Delayed Entry to Prep

But what about delayed entry to Prep? Currently parents have the absolute right to delay entry to Prep (and thus Year 1). They do not need any formal assessments or approvals. However, there has been no mention, yet, of the testing tool being used by parents and/or educators to determine if a child should be delayed in their entry to Prep. Parents and Early Childhood Educators may have the option to access this testing tool to determine if their child’s social, emotional and physical abilities are considered to be ‘not Prep Ready’. Here’s more information to help parents trying to work our if their child is ready for prep or if they should delay! Click here.

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