School Starting Dates: (Sourced from http://education.qld.gov.au/etrf/faq-prep1.html#Q6)
Children must be five * by 30 June in the year they begin the preparatory year.
Childs Date of Birth
1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003 will start Prep school in Jan 2008
1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 will start Prep school in Jan 2009
1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 will start Prep school in Jan 2010
1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 will start Prep school in Jan 2011
1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 will start Prep school in Jan 2012
1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 will start Prep school in Jan 2013
1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 will start Prep school in Jan 2014
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 will start Prep school in Jan 2015
Prep School is a non-compulsory, full-time Preparatory Year of schooling. It appears to be the equivalent to the UK Reception year, or the New South Wales Kindergarten year. All of which are followed by the child going into year 1.
Looking at a child born September 2003 and starting UK school in Sept 2008 at age 5.
Here in QLD the child would start at full time prep school in January 2009. 4 months LATER than in the UK.
However, if the child was born 4 months earlier, in May 2003, then the child would start in January 2008.
* Those are the actual rules. But, some schools, especially the private ones, will relax the rules to allow a younger child to start school if they deem them to be correctly developed.
For example, my own child started school at age 4yrs and 8 months, even though the rule said "must be 5 years old". This was done through a special interview with the school head, who deemed my child to be "advanced sufficiently for school" even at a younger age. I feel this would apply to many children, if you ask them.
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