Pre-Prep in indigenous communities

Going to pre-Prep the year before starting school means little ones have a better go in the classroom. Pre-Prep is a kindy program available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in certain communities in Queensland.

Little ones living in a community where pre-Prep is available can go to their local early childhood learning centre or school for about 15 hours during the week in the year they turn four (by June 30).

At pre-Prep, children will have the opportunity to learn, play and make friends, under the guidance and supervision of a qualified early childhood teacher. Each day, they might be involved in playing games, learning outdoors, cooking, singing and telling stories, or doing art and craft activities. They also have lunch and rest time.

Early childhood educators work hard to make sure all kids are included and feel a sense of belonging. They also work with community members and families to include a respect for culture and language.

Sending your little ones to kindy at pre-Prep helps them to make the transition into school. The kindy year gives kids an opportunity to build upon basic skills learnt at home, like language, social skills, counting and learning about nature.

With a year to learn alongside other kids, under the guidance of a qualified early childhood educator, your child can have a better start to school.

For more information, visit Information for Parents, Families and Care Givers on the Queensland Government Indigenous Portal.

Published — 31 August 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016