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    Default Moving interstate- changing sch yr

    Hi, looking at moving from Vic to Qld

    My child's birthday is May 10th. Going by their birthday- In vic this year they are due to start kindy. But in Qld they will be due to start school.

    Will it be a problem in Qld if my child hasn't attended kindy? Can I still put her into school?

    Has anyone ever faced this when moving interstate? Tricky time of year too because I guess most schools will still be closed so I can't call and ask yet.
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    Also wanted to ask- how 'prepared' do kids need to be to start school in Qld? In terms of literacy and numeracy? Because DD hasn't attended kinder here yet, although kinder in Vic seems to be play based anyway.

    Wondering if the school will expect her to have completed kindergarten before she starts?

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    No advice except to say give the schools a call. Most are open now. Qld goes back next week from my understanding

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    In all states as long as you start school the year you turn 6 you're fine. You could still do kinder in QLD.

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    At our school at the beginning of prep most of the kids could identify all their letters, numbers etc, and they started some basic readers from beginning of prep. They were definitely expected to dress themselves, sort own lunch, look after their belongings etc.

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    In prep as long as they can dress themselves and go to the toilet and recognise their name they are happy.
    Prep is still play based (at least at our school)

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    Default Moving interstate- changing sch yr

    It's such a minefield trying to figure out all the differences between states!

    Prep in Qld is (will be compulsory as of this year) and is play based learning. Kindy in Qld isn't a requirement for prep either, though they do encourage it.

    I know at our school OP, they expect the preppie's to start school knowing how to open and close their lunchboxes, put their own shoes on and off (ideally tie their own laces), be fully toileted, and able to ask for help etc. They very much focus on whether the child's ready socially and emotionally.

    In terms of literacy and numeracy, they prefer if the kids can recognise their name written down (but not necessarily write it yet) and recognise colours, shapes, numbers etc.

    Kindy in Qld varies so much, from child-care based ones, preschool, and C&K Kindy which has qualified teachers and a curriculum.

    Again, some kids have been to Kindy before prep, others not, so they're prepared (in prep) for the kids that have come straight from home with no formal kindy etc as such.

    All the best with your move OP, I been there myself (interstate moves) a few times now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Uniquey View Post
    It's such a minefield trying to figure out all the differences between states!

    Prep in Qld is not compulsory, and is play based learning. Kindy in Qld isn't a requirement for prep either, though they do encourage it.

    I know at our school OP, they expect the preppie's to start school knowing how to open and close their lunchboxes, put their own shoes on and off (ideally tie their own laces), be fully toileted, and able to ask for help etc. They very much focus on whether the child's ready socially and emotionally.

    In terms of literacy and numeracy, they prefer if the kids can recognise their name written down (but not necessarily write it yet) and recognise colours, shapes, numbers etc.

    Kindy in Qld varies so much, from child-care based ones, preschool, and C&K Kindy which has qualified teachers and a curriculum.

    Again, some kids have been to Kindy before prep, others not, so they're prepared (in prep) for the kids that have come straight from home with no formal kindy etc as such.

    All the best with your move OP, I been there myself (interstate moves) a few times now!
    Prep in Qld will be compulsory from 2017.

    https://www.qld.gov.au/education/ear...nrolments.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Uniquey View Post
    It's such a minefield trying to figure out all the differences between states!

    Prep in Qld is not compulsory, and is play based learning. Kindy in Qld isn't a requirement for prep either, though they do encourage it.

    I know at our school OP, they expect the preppie's to start school knowing how to open and close their lunchboxes, put their own shoes on and off (ideally tie their own laces), be fully toileted, and able to ask for help etc. They very much focus on whether the child's ready socially and emotionally.

    In terms of literacy and numeracy, they prefer if the kids can recognise their name written down (but not necessarily write it yet) and recognise colours, shapes, numbers etc.

    Kindy in Qld varies so much, from child-care based ones, preschool, and C&K Kindy which has qualified teachers and a curriculum.

    Again, some kids have been to Kindy before prep, others not, so they're prepared (in prep) for the kids that have come straight from home with no formal kindy etc as such.

    All the best with your move OP, I been there myself (interstate moves) a few times now!
    Prep is compulsory from 2017.

    Basically 'kindy' here is also known as 'pre-prep'.

    It is either done at childcare or C&K kindy. It is not compulsory. It does gave an early childhood teacher though.

    DS is currently in kindy in childcare. He is 3 turning 4 in March. He will be in prep in school next year (so he will be 4 turning 5).

    QLD schools do not like delaying much. I think you need to enquire at the school as to what is required.

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    Oops, I stand corrected, I didn't realise prep was becoming compulsory as of this year, thanks ladies.


 

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