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.