The Somerville House Early Learning Centre is a purpose built, state-of-the-art facility providing separate indoor and outdoor learning areas specifically for Pre-Prep students. Since opening in 2014, the service has offered both girls and boys turning four years of age by 30 June, the opportunity to experience a high quality early learning program for one year in the year prior to school entry.

Teaching and learning in the Pre-Prep program is developed from the national Early Years Learning Framework and the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline. The program aims to instill a curiosity and love of learning in all children through a play-based inquiry approach. The program includes a focus on pre-literacy and pre-numeracy development and specialist classes in Music, Visual Arts, Christian Education and Physical Education.

Somerville House Pre-Prep is a full time program from 8.10am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday, during school term time. The Early Learning Centre also offers Extended Hours Care for before school, after school and school holiday periods exclusively for Pre-Prep students attending the service.  The service is approved for long day care allowing eligible families to claim Child Care Supplement (CCS) to offset tuition fees. 

The Somerville House Early Learning Centre has been reviewed by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) against the National Quality Standard and has been awarded a rating of ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard.

For further information about the Pre-Prep program please contact our Admission Office on 07 3248 9267.  Please click here to view the Somerville House Early Learning Centre's funded Kindergarten Program Statement of Fees. 

Maree McHugh 

Director of Pre-Prep

LEAP into Learning

The Somerville House Pre-Prep Program will encourage your child to LEAP as they Learn, Engage, Achieve and Play in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.


The Early Learning Centre provides the first level of a Somerville House Junior School education, and offers a Pre-Prep Program in preparation for the Prep year. The Pre-Prep Program and facilities focus on the educational needs of children and are developed around the latest pedagogy in Pre-Prep learning. Central to the Pre-Prep program are Pre-literacy and pre-numeracy development, and instilling students with a love and curiosity of learning. Somerville House Pre-Prep students are educated by experienced, Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers and supported by Diploma qualified Early Childhood Educators. 


The Pre-Prep program is flexible and consists of a broad range of engaging learning experiences such as:

  • Promotion and development of social and personal interactions
  • Group times focused on pre-literacy and pre-numeracy development 
  • Indoor and outdoor play based activities
  • Gross and fine motor activities incorporating developmental motor screening
  • Technology play including early years coding 
  • Lessons in Music, Visual Art, Christian Education, and Physical Education.


The students will develop personal readiness for formal schooling, they will:

  • Learning to skillfully communicate their ideas, feelings and needs
  • Acquire skills to make new friends and cooperate with others
  • Gain independence and confidence in their abilities 
  • Learn to persevere and complete tasks.

The Pre-Prep program develops curiosity to enquire, observation to wonder and communication skill to share information. Across the year, students will explore topics such as personal and family identity, environmental care, sustainability, cultural understanding, diversity, indigenous perspectives, mindfulness, relaxation, health and safety and transition to school.   


Teachers and students collaborate to plan, think and extend learning through play.

When children are playing they are:

  • Learning to represent their ideas in a variety of forms – talking about their thoughts, constructing, painting, building, drawing and taking on roles 
  • Developing social skills – communicating, caring, negotiating, cooperating and sharing 
  • Engaging with the perspectives of others as they negotiate roles and solve problems
  • Building foundations for early literacy and numeracy through use of symbols, objects and materials 
  • Accessing and applying knowledge through exploration and re-creation of familiar events 
  • Acquiring new knowledge about themselves and their world as they play with others and interact with their environment
  • Developing their imaginative skills – using flexible and creative thinking in adapting to situations and finding solutions to problems 
  • Making meaning of their world by exploring a range of community and family roles 
  • Experimenting and making discoveries in a safe environment 
  • Working at their own pace and at their own level.

Enrolling in Pre-Prep

Enrolment in the Somerville House Pre-Prep Program is initiated through the Enrolments Office, phone 07 3248 9267 or via email

When can my child be enrolled into Pre-Prep?
Somerville House Pre-Prep is open to girls and boys turning four before 30 June of their entry year.

Date of Birth





1/7/2012 to 30/6/2013

Year 1

1/7/2013 to 30/6/2014


Year 1

1/7/2014 to 30/6/2015



Year 1

1/7/2015 to 30/6/2016



Year 1

1/7/2016 to 30/6/2017



Enrolling in Pre-Prep

The first step is to complete an Application for Registration and pay the registration fee. Approximately two years prior to your child’s expected entry to the School you will be invited to an information session and tour of the School. Following the information session you will be required to complete an online Application for Enrolment and supply the School with additional documentation. 

Once the School has received notification of your completed Enrolment Form, you and your child will be required to attend an interview with the Director of Pre-Prep to discuss your application. Interviews are scheduled not more than fourteen months before the expected entry date to the school. After interviews with prospective parents and students have been completed, the Principal will make offers for places approximately twelve to fourteen months before the expected entry date to the School.  Upon receipt of an offer of enrolment, you will be required to confirm your acceptance by signing the official Written Agreement with the School and pay a non-refundable acceptance fee.

Early Learning Centre Additional Enrolment (QK Enrol)

Upon finalization of Somerville House enrolment and before commencement in Pre-Prep, families of the Early Learning Centre are to complete registration for QK Enrol via the link below.

QK Enrol is an online booking and management program that will allow you to complete and submit an Early Learning Centre specific online enrolment form for your child. Once registered and attending Pre-Prep families may use QK Enrol to make and manage bookings in the Early Learning Centre’s Extended Hours Care Programs.