Step to Prep

How do you know if your child is ready for Prep?

It’s a big step for a child and their family to make the transition to school which has a different set of rules, expectations and a new environment to that of kindergarten. That’s why our parents often ask us the question – Is my child ready for Prep? While it’s a straightforward question, there are sometimes a few layers to unpack to get to the answer.

With COVID-19 and associated lockdowns affecting critical development opportunities for young children such as access to early learning programs, the opportunity for social connections and even limited time for free-play, it is useful to take a step back when considering school readiness.

While early learning educators help create a bridge to make the transition to Prep as easy as possible, it is important for you as a parent to consider and discuss with your child’s educators, whether your child is ready for the next step.

Readiness is not just a one-size-fits-all age-determined milestone. There are a few major factors that can determine Prep readiness including:

  • the ability of your child to self-regulate, which is a skill dependent on their emotional maturity and a contributor to their social competence
  • the level of their language development, which determines how effectively they will be able to communicate in a school setting and relates to their social and thinking skills
  • physical development, where they display good physical skills such as running, jumping, balancing and basic ball skills


We have developed a critical checklist to help you consider the overall factors or help you to discuss these with your child’s educator, to determine whether your child is ready to take the leap to Prep.