Kindy entry age changes affect Brisbane families
Many Brisbane families may be unaware that there was an abrupt change recently introduced which affects the entry age requirements for children attending kindergarten (pre-prep) in Queensland.
Previously, a child needed to be four years old by June 30 to participate in a kindergarten program. Under the new changes, introduced in January 2015, a child must be four years old by July 31 to participate in a kindergarten program.
|Child born||Child can attend kindy|
|1 July 2010 to 31 July 2011||2015|
|1 July 2011 to 31 July 2012||2016|
|1 July 2012 to 31 July 2013||2017|
|1 July 2013 to 31 July 2014||2018|
What about prep?
Significantly, this means that children who turn four during July in the year they participate in kindergarten may be eligible to enrol in prep early.
It also means that those children born in July 2010, can skip their pre-prep year altogether and move straight into prep in 2015.
The final decision is left up to parents, but forfeiting the kindergarten year to begin prep early must also be approved by the school’s principal, after assessing the child’s readiness for prep.
If your child does not start Prep early they can continue to participate in kindergarten for the following year as per normal.
Why change the dates?
The changes have been controversial, but are designed to bring the Queensland kindergarten and prep eligibility requirements into line with New South Wales.
This means that Queensland and New South Wales now have the youngest school starting age in Australia.
Is your child ready for school?
For a variety of reasons, some parents may feel that their child would benefit from starting kindy at a later age or would be better off completing a second year of kindergarten.
Again, this decision rests with the parent but advice can be sought from medical and teaching professionals.
Still unsure? Call the Kindy Hotline during business hours for more information on 1800 4 KINDY (1800 454 639) or visit their website. You can also confirm all the dates of eligibility on the Queensland Dept of Education Website http://deta.qld.gov.au/earlychildhood/service/access-kindy/enrolment.html
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