Prep to be compulsory by 2017
Prep year will be compulsory for all Queensland children from 2017 the Queensland government has announced.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said the move was welcome and one advocated by members.
“Both our union and the Queensland Teachers’ Union have called on successive governments to ensure all children in the state have an equitable start.
“Prep year is an important step beyond kindergarten and continues a child’s educational journey,” he said.
“For children, Prep comes at a vitally important age to begin learning and will enable all children to be more school-ready and get the best start when they begin in a primary classroom.
“Since its introduction in 2007, children who have not attended Prep prior to school have been shown to fall behind others who had access to a full-time Prep year.
“Another benefit to a compulsory Prep year is that teachers are able to identify early on any students that may require further assistance in their learning.”
Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones said the past decade had clearly shown how beneficial a Prep year was to a child’s early phase of learning.
“Last year’s Year 7s were the first full Prep cohort and they returned their best ever results for reading, spelling and numeracy.
“They are better equipped for their seamless entry into more formal education in our schools,” she said.
The government will introduce the changes to the Education General Provisions Act later this year.
For more information visit the Education Queensland website.