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Welcome to Prep at Wynnum West
 
The state-wide introduction of Prep is a significant milestone in Queensland education.
 
It is the starting point for the Early Phase of Learning and is designed to build on the learning that children enjoy in the home and in early education and care settings.
 
The Prep curriculum is designed to better prepare children for school and is based on active learning such as inquiry, investigation, play and focussed teaching and learning.  
 
From 2017, it is compulsory for Queensland children to undertake Prep prior to Year 1.  Prep is a full-time program where children are expected to attend Monday to Friday for the entire school day.  
 
Children must be 5 by 30 June in the year they enrol. To check when your child is eligible please click here.


As a parent, you play a vital role in your child’s education. There are many things you can do to make your child’s first day and time at school more enjoyable.

 
How can you help?
 
You can help your child prepare for their first year of school by:
* improving their independence 
* having a daily routine 
* packing a healthy lunch 
* knowing your school 
* getting involved with your school 
* doing family activities at home.
 
Learning in Prep
 
In Prep, children learn in many different ways including play, organised games, and investigation. They develop important life skills by working with other children and adults. Prep makes connections between school and what your child learns at home and in early childhood education and care.
 
Prep helps your child develop:
* a positive approach to learning 
* independence and confidence 
* thinking and problem-solving skills 
* language skills 
* early literacy and numeracy 
* physical abilities.
 
Prep curriculum
 
Prep teachers in state schools use the Foundation Year of the Australian Curriculum (http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/FoundationYear) to guide children’s learning. The Foundation Year in the Australian Curriculum refers to the year before Year 1. In Queensland this is called Prep.
 
Learning through play
 
When children start Prep they move to a more structured learning environment, but they continue to learn through play. During play children make decisions, solve problems, develop thinking and teamwork skills, communicate, and develop a positive sense of themselves. 
 
Types of play used to help Prep children learn may include:
* manipulative—doing puzzles, making necklaces or constructions 
* games with rules—playing board and card games or outdoor games with rules 
* exploratory—using blocks to investigate weight, height, number, shape and balance 
* fantasy—children creating props for space adventures 
* physical—moving through obstacle courses, climbing, running.
 
Other activities like music, painting and drawing encourage language, reading and writing skills. 
 
At Wynnum West, we celebrate the start of each Prep year by awarding our students with a special badge and a school hat.  
 
Welcome to all of our new students – we wish you happy learning throughout the year.