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Prep commenced at Collingwood Park State School in 2007. The Preparatory year of schooling has effectively changed the school starting age.  As of 2017, Prep is compulsory for Queensland children that will turn five by 30 June in the year they should commence Prep.
The following table show eligibility ages for Prep and Year 1 from 2020 to 2024.
Child born 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015
Child born 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2016
Child born 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017
Child born 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018
Prep Operating Hours
The Prep day is the equivalent of a full school day. Starting time is 8.50am, with the doors open from 8.30am in the first four weeks of the school year.  You are welcome to come in to the Prep classroom at 8.30am to spend time sharing an activity with your child in these first four weeks.  After this time, students should assemble with their class in the hall from 8.30am.
When Prep children come into the classroom, they are expected to be responsible for their own belongings. Please encourage your child to follow the routine outlined by the teacher. This routine may include:
o   Putting their bag away (their bag needs to be big enough to fit everything they need in it).
o   Placing their water bottle into the appropriate storage container.
o   Going to the toilet before the start of school.
o   Placing their lunch box in the fridge or other designated area.
We will finish at 3.00pm in line with the rest of the school. Initially, children are expected to be brought and collected from the Prep classroom by a responsible adult. As teachers often have afternoon meetings, prompt collection by an adult, from the classroom is necessary. If you have an unexpected difficulty that causes you to be late, please contact the school office and notify them of your delay. Children will be supervised in the classroom or taken to the office in these situations.
Please notify us, personally or in writing, when anyone other than you will be collecting children from the school. This person should be listed as one of your emergency contacts on our school database. If a child needs to be collected during school hours, please attend the school office, sign your child out and we will send your child to the office. Children are expected to attend for five days per week.