View Poll Results: What should we call the year of schooling immediately prior to year one nationwide?

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  • foundation

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  • year zero

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  • junior

    0 0%
  • prep (preparatory)

    11 44.00%
  • reception

    3 12.00%
  • transition

    0 0%
  • pre-primary

    2 8.00%
  • kinder (kindergarten)

    7 28.00%
  • something else (please specify)

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    Default Year of schooling immediately prior to year one - what to call it?

    I have heard suggestions of renaming the year of schooling immediately preceding year one to foundation as a consistent term nation-wide. This has the advantage that it is not the term currently used by any state and so is not appearing to favour any one state.

    However, I personally dont like the term foundation and part of the reason is that it doesn't seem to have a natural abbreviation.

    According to wiki, the current terms are reception (SA), transition (NT), kindergarten (NSW, ACT), and preparatory (Qld, Vic, Tas, WA).

    So I am asking people to suggest what term they would prefer to be adopted nationwide?

    I am thinking perhaps junior but that it likely coming from when I went to primary school in New Zealand, which began with junior 1 and junior 2. Kids seem to adopt the concept of year zero which is probably another reasonable alternative. Another argument would be to say that since four out of eight localities (states and territories) already use preparatory then it would be the logical choice because less places would need to change.

    Note - I didn't realise some states includes two years prior to year one as part of their primary school, sorry for the confusion. I am talking about the year immediately preceding year one, and referred to as the foundation year in the Australian School Curriculum.
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    I think prep should be the universal word. It makes far more sense- it's a prep year for school.
    I'm not a fan of kindy at all, being a QLDer i associate that as pre-school age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I think prep should be the universal word. It makes far more sense- it's a prep year for school.
    I'm not a fan of kindy at all, being a QLDer i associate that as pre-school age.


    I am in SA and I think prep makes more sense

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    Junior is too american imo.

    I say kinder, but then I'm from NSW where that is the first year. Prep to me would be better as the name for pre school. The first year of school is school, it isn't preparatory. Under that reasoning the year before school is preparatory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarvestMoon View Post
    I think prep should be the universal word. It makes far more sense- it's a prep year for school.
    I'm not a fan of kindy at all, being a QLDer i associate that as pre-school age.
    I agree. Prep makes a lot of sense. Kindergarten as pre-school, and then prep as the first year of school as it is prepping you for the rest of your school life. Then again, I'm Victorian so grew up with that term.

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    Pre prep then prep then grade 1 grade 2 etc and so forth it just makes more sense if we all called t that formally there's be less confusion all round

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    Quote Originally Posted by mama and her little bear View Post
    Prep to me is the prep year done before you start kindy, a local catholic school runs 'prep' the year before the kids start kindergarten.


    In nsw kindy is very much not prep, you do school work, readers etc etc just like yrs 1-6
    In Qld, prep is exactly the same - formal schoolwork and homework, readers, etc. The only difference is the name.

    Actually that is a good point, the year was originally named when it was primarily play-based and now involves a lot more formal schooling.

    Therefore I understand that foundation is a much more appropriate term considering what it now entails. I just really don't like that term. I'm actually starting to warm to the idea of year zero to be more inclusive and not have it stand out as separate from the rest of the primary school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    I agree. Prep makes a lot of sense. Kindergarten as pre-school, and then prep as the first year of school as it is prepping you for the rest of your school life. Then again, I'm Victorian so grew up with that term.
    This - also a Victoria though

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    The year prior to year 1 (which is not necessarily the first year of 'school' eg. in WA Kindy (4yo) is part of the school system) in the Australian Curriculum is referred to as Foundation. I like this term as it's like 'laying the foundation' for the building that is a child's education.

    I also like the term Foundation as it is not one already used, it is completely new so no state has claim to it already for the same/a different year, which I think will avoid confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Junior is too american imo.

    I say kinder, but then I'm from NSW where that is the first year. Prep to me would be better as the name for pre school. The first year of school is school, it isn't preparatory. Under that reasoning the year before school is preparatory.
    I agree with this. I'm in Tasmania, and the first year of compulsory schooling, where a child attends a Primary School, is called Kindergarten. Though the Kinder is part of the Primary campus, it's usually separated from the rest of the school and the Kinder's don't tend to associate with the other year levels.

    Prep is the following year, and they move on to the main school campus where they associate with the other early childhood years (Prep-gr3). The only reason I can see why they use Prep as the year after Kindergarten, is the work is a lot more focus based rather than play based, so it's 'prepping' them for more formal schooling. Though I do agree, it would make more sense to have something like Kindergarten and then year 1, year 2 etc and leave the Preparatory term for pre-compulsory schooling.


 

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