Transition to school resources for educators

Transition to school spans from when children start to get ready for school until they have fully settled into school. The evidence consistently suggests that a successful transition to school acts as a significant lever for improving children’s educational, social and emotional outcomes.

Transition to school resources

To support early childhood professionals engage children in effective and meaningful preparation for school we've developed a practical resources pack which includes:

  • Daisy's First Day (PDF 5.5MB) – a storybook featuring fictional native Australian animal characters going through a typical school day. It helps teachers and educators facilitate conversations about what children might experience at school.
Daisy's first day


Daisy's First Day.

Today was Daisy’s first day at big school. She was rather nervous and her tummy was full of butterflies. Daisy wasn’t quite sure what to think about school.

“Do you think I will have fun today?” asked Daisy.

“I sure do,” said Mum. “And I want you to remember all the fun you have so you can tell me all about it.”

Mum gave her a big, squishy, cuddly hug – the best kind of hug.

“Bye Mum!”

“Bye Daisy! I’ll see you very soon.”

“Welcome to your classroom,” said her teacher, Miss Wattle.

Daisy could see all the colours of the rainbow. She thought it looked like a bright and happy place.

Daisy met her new friends. It was their first day too.

“My favourite colour is green,” said Spike.

“That’s my favourite colour too!” said Daisy.

“You can play with my dinosaur if you want,” said Spike.

Daisy was having lots of fun.

“Let’s sing a song about the alphabet,” said Miss Wattle.

Together, they sang and clapped and stomped. Miss Wattle said they could make up their own dance too.

“I’m wriggling my paws and waggling my ears!” said Daisy.

“I’m waving my nose and jiggling my spines!” said Spike. Daisy was having lots and lots of fun.

“Now we are going to paint,” said Miss Wattle. Daisy pulled on her smock and painted a picture of her family. Miss Wattle said the class was full of marvellous artists.

Just then, a kookaburra flew across the sky. He was ringing a bell and laughing.

“Haha hehe hoohoo haha hehe!”

“Time for lunch,” said Miss Wattle.

Daisy gobbled up her gum leaves. Spike licked and slurped up his ants.

“Let’s swing on the swing and slide down the slide and run from here to there and back again!” said Spike. So they did. Daisy was having lots and lots and lots of fun.

After lunch, the class played games with numbers. Daisy counted one teddy bear, two flowers, three pebbles, four pencils and five books.

“I’m going to read you a most wonderful story,” said Miss Wattle. She read them a book about a dog who ate his dinner with a fork and a spoon. Daisy was having lots and lots and lots and lots of fun.

All at once it was home time. Daisy was filled to the brim with all the fun she’d had at school. Mum was waiting for her outside the classroom.

She pulled Daisy in for a big, squishy, cuddly hug. “Now tell me Daisy, did you have fun?”

“I had lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of fun!” said Daisy.

“Well, that’s a lot of fun,” said Mum. And it certainly was!

  • Transition to School Guide for ECE (PDF 5.1 MB) – a guide which highlights the importance of ensuring a positive start to school for all children. It consists of two parts:
    • Resource Handbook – guidance on supporting children to develop key skills and attributes.
    • Learning Resources – sample learning experiences to support the delivery of educational programs for the transition to school.

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