Here you'll find information for NSW public schools that receive Transition to School Digital Statements from early childhood education services.
What is the Transition to School Statement?
The Transition to School Statement was developed in partnership with teachers, educators and families and provides valuable information about individual children, aimed at supporting and enhancing their transition to school.
The Transition to School Statement is completed by a child’s early childhood teacher and sent to the child’s prospective primary school.
It summarises a child's strengths, interests, and preferred ways of learning and gives children a voice in the process of meeting new people in the school environment. This information can assist Kindergarten teachers to get to know the children entering their classrooms, and plan appropriate learning and teaching programs.
What is the Transition to School Digital Statement?
For children commencing school, the use of a digital statement offers a new way to help them connect into their new school community.
In 2020-2021, the Department developed and piloted a digital version of the Transition to School Statement with a cohort of early childhood education services, and schools linked to these early childhood services.
The Department has made improvements to the Transition to School Digital Statement based on the pilot feedback.
The Transition to School Digital Statement is now available for Department of Education preschools, community preschools and long day care services. Other service types will be invited in future years. We will continue to incorporate feedback from this trial to improve the Transition to School Digital Statement.
What can schools expect when receiving Transition to School Digital Statements?
If an early childhood education service completes statements using the Transition to School Digital Statement portal for children, and the child will be attending a NSW public school, the school will be notified by email to access the Transition to School Digital Statement schools dashboard. Schools will be able to view Statements completed for children in their cohort for the next year using the dashboard.
Teachers can use the Educators Guide to the Transition to School Statement NSW (PDF, 256KB) to interpret the information provided by early childhood education services.
How can I promote the use of Transition to School Digital Statement within my school or when engaging with new families and ECE services?
Use the following guide to share information about Transition to School Digital Statement with your school staff, families of incoming kindergarten students and ECE Services: Schools Information Sheet (PDF, 149KB)
How to login and trial the Transition to School Digital Statement
School principals (who have automatic access) and authorised users can select School – Transition to School Digital Statement from the My Essentials or My Applications areas of the Staff Portal to start viewing your school’s Statements. School principals can authorise other school staff members to access Transition to School Digital Statement via Access Management Utility (AMU) or Manage Staff Access (MSA).
Why hasn’t my school received any statements via the Transition to School Digital Statements schools' dashboard?
If your school has not received any statements via the schools' dashboard, it means that early childhood education services that are using the Transition to School Digital Statement, have not yet completed statements for children attending your school in the coming year. We encourage you to connect with early childhood education services in your area to discuss Transition to School Statements.
Why might I still receive different versions of the Transition to School Statement?
In 2022, the Transition to School Statement (PDF) is being phased out. Some early childhood education servicces may still have an older version that they use. It is strongly recommended to use the Transition to School Digital Statement.
I’ve received Transition to School Statements for students who are not enrolled at my school.
Parents indicated the school their child would be attending the following year, and this information is used to distribute digital statements to those NSW public schools.
You do not need to forward the statement to a different school. Please retain the statement in the event the child’s parent is yet to complete the school enrolment process.
Where can I provide feedback on the process?
We would love your feedback on the way in which schools are receiving Transition to School Statements so we can improve the process for NSW primary schools once this digital version is made available to all NSW early childhood education services.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.