Teaching & Learning
The Preparatory Year Program (Prep) is offered in all primary schools in this diocese. It is the first year of schooling. The preparatory curriculum provides the foundation for children’s success at school.
The program fosters faith and values development integrated into the curriculum; inquiry and play-based curriculum; commitment to the growth and development of the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, physically, culturally, socially and emotionally; integration within the wider school community and close partnerships with parents and care givers.
Children entering Prep are supported in their transition to school through processes that acknowledge and respond to the diversity of families and each individuals early learning experiences.
The Catholic Education Office actively promotes inclusive practices that supports positive learning outcomes for children with additional and or unique needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can my child go to Prep?
To be eligible to enroll in Prep your child must turn 5 by 30 June in the year of attending Prep.
How do I enroll my child in Prep?
Enrollment in the Prep year is the same process that currently exists for diocesan primary schools. Contact the local principal or school office.
Are there any exceptions to the age limit?
The Education (General Provision) regulation relating to early entry into Prep was passed in 2006.
Children who are younger than the prescribed age for Prep may be enrolled in Prep if:
- they turn 5 years by 31 July in the year of proposed attendance; and
- the principal is satisfied the child is ready for education in Prep, having regard to their attributes (including ability, aptitude, social and emotional competence, physical development, and level of knowledge and understanding).
The principal may also enroll a child in Prep who is younger than the prescribed age if the child:
- has previously started education that is equivalent to Prep in another state or country; and
- is considered ready for education in Prep, having regard to their attributes (including ability, aptitude, social and emotional competence, physical development, and level of knowledge and understanding).
A program is considered to be equivalent to Prep if it is full-time, school based, and has a defined curriculum delivered in the year prior to Year 1.
There are no exceptions to these requirements.
Not all children who turn 5 years of age in July will be eligible for early entry to Prep. The child must also be considered by the principal to be ready for Prep education.