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

The preparatory year implements the Foundation Level of  the Australian Curriculum. It is a play-based program that allows young minds to experience and learn in a creative, supportive and educational context.

Queensland's Preparatory Year gives all young Queenslanders the very best start to school by helping them make a smooth transition to Year 1 and sets them on the path to lifelong learning.

Petrie Terrace State School offers excellence in Early Childhood Education. Our Early Year Teachers are all experienced educators with a commitment to the education of the Whole Child.

The Early Years at Petrie Terrace State School include Preparatory Year, Year 1 and Year 2. It is an integral part of the school. The Early Years are the foundation of school life. This period of learning holds the building blocks for future learning and builds on learning from home. At Petrie Terrace we believe there needs to be a close liaison between home and school.  In addition, at Petrie Terrace State School we liaise with the early learning centres and providers who have already begun the formal teaching and learning process with our children.

Information evenings and orientation mornings are held each year.  The information evening is an opportunity for you to visit the school and hear from staff about the various programs on offer.  An important part of this evening is hearing about the school’s Early Years Philosophy and the opportunity to enrol your child. The orientation morning is an opportunity for your child to visit their future Prep classroom and meet their future classmates. An interview with the Principal and your child is organised for each new Prep student prior to the start of the Prep year.

Once we have received your child's enrolment form your details will be added to an email notification list keeping you informed of important dates.

We welcome you with warmth and in the spirit of teamwork as your child enters this very important phase of learning.

Find out more at Education Queensland - Preparing for School

Find out more at Early Childhood Australia

Find out more at Reggio Emilia Philosophy of Early Education

Prep is 5 days a week and children stay all day 9am - 3pm. Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they start Prep.