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FAQ - Prep

Having your little one start school is a very exciting time for everyone! Below are a list of questions that we are frequently asked. We hope that these questions may be of assistance to you as you consider Prep at The Lakes College.

How early do we need to lodge an application for Prep?

To ensure your child is registered and in the waiting pool for Prep, it is suggested that you lodge an application for your child by their third birthday (this may change depending on demand at the requested year of entry). To commence in Prep children need to be turning 5 (or already turned 5) by 30 June in the year they start Prep. Please refer to the age table on the enrolments page for clarification.

We have already received a significant number of registrations for Prep in 2019. Please click here to see the timeline for Prep entry in 2019.

How do we register or enrol?

Please register your child online and to avoid delays in the enrolment process please ensure you have:

  • included a copy of your child's birth certificate/passport
  • completed all fields of the application (both natural parent details need to be included)
  • checked all of your contact details are correct

Come along to one of our Enrolment Events in Term 1 to experience life at TLC.

We're in the Waiting Pool. What happens next?

Once you submit an application for registration, your child's name is added to the waiting pool and you will receive notification from the College via email.

In March prior to the year of commencement, names are drawn from the waiting pool in accordance with the College's enrolment policy. You may be contacted by email to commence the interview process for your child. Please ensure your contact details are kept up to date. You can email changes through at anytime to registrar@thelakes.qld.edu.au. Sometimes there are a lot more applications than places. We will keep you notified of any movements.

As mentioned above, we have already received a significant amount of registrations for Prep for next year (2019). Those in the waiting pool will be contacted for interviews based on the criteria in our enrolment policy. You may not be contacted immediately for an interview, but you will be advised of your child's progress in the waiting pool.

Come along to one of our Enrolment Events in Term 1 to experience life at TLC.

We've had our Interview. What happens next?

Following on from your child's enrolment interview, a letter of offer may be made. This offer letter will be emailed to the email address provided. Please respond to your letter of offer, with the non-refundable $400.00 Confirmation Fee paid by the due date.

If you do not respond to your offer by the due date, your child's offer will be withdrawn and their name returned to the waiting pool. Due to the demand for places in Prep we are unable to extend offers.

Come along to one of our Enrolment Events in Term 1 to experience life at TLC.


We've confirmed our spot. What happens now?

Once you've paid your confirmation fee and lodged your Family Enrolment Deposit, your child's enrolment is confirmed!

A great way to familiarise yourself with TLC is to visit us! Please bring your little one along to TLC at our many Enrolment Events being held throughout the year:

  • Please come along to our Enrolment Events in Term 1. This includes the Prep Open Morning (Saturday 3 March from 9:00am-10:00am) and our Open Morning (Wednesday 28 February from 8:45am-10:15am)
  • Come along to the Open Morning on Wednesday 15 August (from 8:45am-10:15am) - BRISBANE EKKA SHOW DAY
  • Families who are commencing in Prep 2019 will be invited to attend one of our Orientation Sessions - being held 19-21 November 2018 (from 9:00am to 10:00am).

Closer to the end of the school year (Term 4, 2017) you will receive an email inviting you and your child to attend one of our Orientation Sessions (see dates below). Please ensure your email addresses are up to date and that you check your emails regularly, as this is how we will communicate with you.

You will also receive additional emails from the College with information such as:

  • Fee pack and information. Here is the link to the current fees, an updated schedule will come out in Term 4.
  • The uniform list. (You are welcome to purchase items ahead of this time, however, children do have growth spurts, so if you are purchasing items ahead of the school year, purchase items such as the school bags, school hat etc)
  • Medical Form
  • College Care information and registration
  • Invitations to events (eg Parent Prep Information Night) being held in January 2019
  • Information and access to the College app (private app only available to current parents), the Parent Portal and login details.


If you have any other questions please contact our Marketing Coordinator - Enrolments & New Media, Mrs Sophie Benett, by email or telephone +61 7 3491 5502. We look forward to welcoming your family to TLC.