Transition to school

Hard copies of the Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit are now available. For more information, see Transition Resource Kit

​​Starting school is a major transition for children and their families. It is a period of change that can be both challenging and exciting.

As an early childhood professional, you can support children and their families to make this transition as smooth as possible. It is important for you to understand that the transition experience starts well before, and extends far beyond, a child’s first day of school.

Many children start school after going to a kindergarten program, others have attended child care and some may go from home to school. All children will have developed a range of skills and abilities before starting school.

  • Transition to school workshops

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    Deakin University will run 300 workshops statewide, in Term 2 and 3 to support effective transitions for every child and advise on the new Transition Statement.

  • Strengthening Reciprocal visits

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    The focus of the 2016 Reciprocal Visits project was strengthening transitions for Koorie children and families. See the 3 minute video and read the reports.

  • Transition Resource Kit

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    See the new Transition to School Resource Kit and online Appendix.

  • Research projects

    Read more                                                   A number of research projects explore how educators, schools and families can work together support children get a positive start to primary school.

Support for Children and Families at Risk of Experiencing Vulnerability

Transition to school can be an exciting, stressful and challenging time for young children and families due to the significant changes and adjustments required. Some children and families will take longer to settle into school and will find the transition more difficult than their peers will. Children and families experiencing vulnerability tend to have more complex support needs in early years transitions and this varies according to their unique circumstances.

A child is vulnerable if they or their families are experiencing multiple, complex challenges which may limit the capacity of the parents and other family members to effectively care, protect, and provide for their children, putting at risk their immediate wellbeing and long-term development.
Two new resources to support early childhood professionals to intentionally strengthen the experience of transition for children and families experiencing vulnerability are now available.

For more information, see 2017 Research - Support for Children and Families at Risk of Experiencing Vulnerability.

Strength-based approach guide

The strength-based approach is about assisting people (educators, children and families) to build a picture of what a child’s learning and development could look like in the future. It views situations realistically and looks for opportunities to complement and support existing strengths and capacities as opposed to focusing on, and staying with, the problem or concern.

The guide was developed in consultation with early childhood and school educators, professionals, academics and stakeholders. You can use this resource to learn more about the strength-based approach and to help you with writing and interpreting statements. 

For more information, see: Strength-based approach guide (pdf - 453.92kb) |  | (Word - 382.64kb)

For further information ​on Transition to School, please send your enquiry to: psts@edumail.vic.gov.au​​