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

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  • foundation

    1 4.00%
  • year zero

    1 4.00%
  • 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)

    0 0%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillynix View Post
    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.
    Eeek! I meant the year before year 1. I didn't realise that some other states included the year prior to that at primary school also.

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    Ok so I know pre prep isn't compulsory in qld is prep? I have no of school age kid yet DS is starting pre prep next year yay! Just curious I thought anything before grade one was choice Is that right?

    (Oh and I'm aware there are different names for them but pre prep and prep seem to lesser the confusion for me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMoosMum View Post
    Ok so I know pre prep isn't compulsory in qld is prep? I have no of school age kid yet DS is starting pre prep next year yay! Just curious I thought anything before grade one was choice Is that right?

    (Oh and I'm aware there are different names for them but pre prep and prep seem to lesser the confusion for me)
    Prep isnt compulsory in qld, no. But I'd highly recommend sending your child anyway.

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    I'm pretty sure prep is now compulsory, or is soon to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MummaOJ View Post
    I'm pretty sure prep is now compulsory, or is soon to be.
    Not yet

    http://education.qld.gov.au/strategi...faq-prep1.html

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    I'm in NSW and the school we like for DS starts at age 4 in Pre K ( Pre kindergarten ) , then they go to Kindergarten , then 1st class and so on, do you guys think 4 is to young to go to school 5 days a week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    Prep isnt compulsory in qld, no. But I'd highly recommend sending your child anyway.
    He'll be going if he met the cut off he'd be doing pre prep this year and prep next but being his bday is July 8th he starts pre prep next year prep the year after. I think benefit from already being involved not so much for structure or play etc but for interaction with other kids IYKWIM

    Thanks for the info

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    It's Prep in Qld. It's Prep in Vic too (or it was when I was in school there). It was Kindergarten in NSW when my brother started there. It was Reception in SA when I was living there. Prep is only new to Qld though - previously year 1 was the first year of formal education.

    "Pre-school," was the term I automatically use when talking about that year BEFORE formal education... usually when you're about 3-4 ish. In Vic they used to call it Kindergarten (when I was little), but because NSW uses that for the first year of formal education, most people seem to understand what pre-school is referring to.

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    Just to add another term to the mix- in NSW the teachers call it Early Stage One. Stage One is years 1 and 2, Stage Two is years 3 and 4, and Stage Three is years 5 and 6.

    Other than that it's called kindergarten, or kindy.
    It is just like any other year of school, so I don't feel 'prep' is accurate.


 

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