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Transition to School

Starting school is a big milestone for children and their families, and high quality early education helps children be prepared.

It is well known that strong relationships and information sharing between families, early childhood services and schools helps support a child's successful transition to school.

The transition between learning environments can be both challenging and exciting, and there are many different programs and activities that families, early childhood services and schools can use to support the process.

When children know what to expect, they are much more likely to feel confident and happy about starting school and this is supported through transition to school programs.

The updated NSW Transition to School Statement helps school teachers get to know a child before they enter kindergarten.

The Statement provides a snapshot of each child’s strengths and personality, and gives them a voice in the process of meeting new people in the school environment. It helps link the Early Years Learning Framework to the Early Stage 1 Syllabus in kindergarten so that teachers can better understand each child’s learning, development and background.

There are lots of different ways families can support children to prepare for their transition to school. Some other resources to help families prepare their children for school include:

  • Getting Ready For School; a school readiness checklist, useful preparation activities and information about what to expect at school
  • Starting School; information on when children should start school, orientation day and helping your child get ready.
  • A Special Place; a children’s book about going to school
  • Let's go to School; an activity book about going to school for children and their parents.

Many parents also work closely with early childhood services to support the transition. In the videos below, three different services in NSW share their transition to school practices and experiences. Resources available include a school readiness checklist, useful preparation activities and information about what to expect at school

You can watch their stories here:

For more information about primary schools in your area, visit the primary school finder.

Some other helpful resources for parents include:

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