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Queensland's Preparatory Year gives all young Queenslanders the very best start to school by helping them make a smooth transition to Year 1 and sets them on the path to lifelong learning.

Preparatory Year is a full day, five-day a week program where students focus on learning through structured activities that are designed to develop and, where applicable, enhance literacy and numeracy skills.. 

Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they start Prep.

You can find out when your child can get set for Prep with our online ready reckoner.

If you would like information about the skills your child requires for successful transition to Prep please follow the link to specifically read the sections:

  • Reading and Writing
  • Routines
  • Everyday Activities

At Port Douglas State School we are dedicated to making each child’s introduction to the schooling process a warm, secure and enjoyable experience.  We hold a Prep Information Evening in October or November each year, and orientation mornings for our incoming Prep children every November.  In addition, we ask Prep children and their parents to attend an interview with our Prep teachers before the school year commences.

To enrol your child in Prep please complete an Enrolment Form and our Prep Parent Questionnaire​.  We also require completion of a State Schools Consent Form​ and Medical Conditions Form.  Port Douglas State School also manages a Student Resource Scheme and requires parents to complete a form indicating whether or not they wish to be part of the scheme.  Please return these forms to our office as soon as possible to facilitate your child's enrolment.