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.
Download the 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) | |
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Transition to school workshops
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
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.
See all the Family Support resources available - supporting EAL, VEYLDF resources and more.
For further information on Transition to School, please send your enquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org