Pre-Prep lays the foundations for successful learning. It provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in discrete communities with access to a quality early learning program that meets national quality requirements, and places a specific emphasis on play-based early learning.
Pre-Prep is a non-compulsory program delivered to children 3½ to 4½ years of age for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Under the Bound for Success initiative pre-Prep programs were established in different settings, including licensed childcare centres, community kindergartens and state schools across 35 identified Indigenous communities.
Since 2012, pre-Prep services in 29 state school campuses in identified Indigenous communities have been regulated under Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) Act 2011. In addition, there is one pre-Prep service in a state school that operates out of scope of the legislation because of the low number of registered children.
The Approved Provider for the 29 approved pre-Prep services is the State of Queensland (acting through the Department of Education). The Assistant Director-General State Schools—Indigenous Education is responsible for the management of the services.
While pre-Prep children are not enrolled as students of the school, their registration at the pre-Prep acknowledges that the school is responsible for the children's health, safety and wellbeing.