Making the move from kindergarten to primary school is an exciting step for your child.
The Department supports you in planning for your child’s transition from kindergarten to school through its initiative Transition: A Positive Start to School.
However, if your child has a disability or additional needs there will be extra things you need to think about to prepare for this transition.
The Department has an enhanced process that supports the transition to school for children with severe disabilities who receive a kindergarten inclusion support package.
The aim is to help early childhood education services, early childhood intervention services, schools and others work together to develop plans that will help make your child’s move easier.
Sharing Our Journey kit includes information on how you can plan for the transition from kindergarten to primary school, including questions you can ask both your child’s kindergarten and their new school.
This kit also includes a guide for completing your child’s Learning and Development Statement. All children moving from kindergarten to school will need one of these statements which are prepared by your child’s kindergarten teacher in consultation with you.
The family section of the statement includes opportunities for you to share information about your child with the school. Your child’s kindergarten teacher can help you to complete this section.
The enhanced section of the statement is optional but gives you the opportunity to give further information regarding your child’s abilities, strengths and needs to the school. You can also give information about the support services involved with your child.
Your early childhood intervention services worker will help you to complete this section.
Planning the move from kindergarten to school
You will go to at least two support groups meetings to help you and your child make the transition from kindergarten to school. The first will be in either Term 3 or 4 when your child is still at kindergarten.
At the first meeting a plan will be written to record the actions needed to support your child in their journey from kindergarten to school. A key early childhood worker is identified to help you with any further planning including collecting any information and reports you would like to give to the school.
This meeting will also explore the possibility of your child being eligible for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) at school. Applications for PSD commence from May in the year prior to school entry.
The second meeting will be in Term 1 of your child’s first year at school.
If your child has special needs you will benefit from the shared information and individual planning a support group offers.
If your child is receiving a Kindergarten Inclusion Support package you will be part of a Program Support Group, which usually includes you, the kindergarten teacher, early childhood intervention staff and others.
The Program Support Group identifies your child’s individual needs and sets goals for the kindergarten program.
When your child moves to school you will be part of a Student Support Group. You need to be part of this Student Support Group to make an application for support through the Program for Students with Disabilities.
For more information on government school guidelines for this application process, see: Students with Disabilities
Disability Services in the Department of Health and Human Services are responsible for funding of a range of services for people with intellectual, physical, sensory and dual disabilities, neurological impairments and acquired brain injury.
Your child may be within the target group for the services and support provided by the Disability Services program.
For further information, see:
Disability or contact the Disability Services regional Intake and Response teams on
1800 783 783.
For a copy of the
Sharing our Journey
‘Sharing Our Journey’ Information Kit (pdf - 910.68kb)