Queensland’s prep eligibility age restored after snap change by former government
The state government’s decision to reverse changes to the prep eligibility age has been welcomed by our union.
The decision from Minister for Education Kate Jones affirms that children should not receive early admittance to their prep year unless they are socially, emotionally and physically ready.
The move reverses an abrupt decision made by the former Newman LNP government in January that allowed as many as 5,000 children to enrol directly into prep in 2015 and miss out on the well-established benefits of a kindergarten year. This change also had the potential to create lasting negative impacts on Queensland children’s schooling experiences.
Our union secretary Terry Burke said he is pleased that the new government has sensibly restored Queensland’s prep eligibility. The move follows representations from our union to Minister Jones advocating for the eligibility age to be restored.
“Kindergarten is an integral part of a child’s learning experience, which provides them with the skills they need to thrive and succeed in prep and further schooling,” he said.
“Our union is pleased that the current state government understands the importance of kindergarten and has supported Queensland children in accessing a kindergarten year by sensibly restoring the prep eligibility age.”
Queensland’s prep eligibility age will now be restored to children born by 30 June—reversing the former Newman LNP government decision which saw the prep eligibility age change to children born by 31 July.