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Transition to School

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 the children in your care 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 kindergarten, others have attended child care and some may not have attended any formal service before they start school. All children will have developed a range of skills and abilities that form the basis of their positive school experiences.

Strength-based approach: A guide to writing Transition Learning and Development Statements

The Strength-based approach: A guide to writing Transition Learning and Development Statements aims to further enhance your understanding of the strength-based approach and its application to writing and interpreting transition learning and development statements. You can use this resource to learn more about the strength-based approach and to help you with writing and interpreting transition learning and development statements.

This guide was developed in consultation with early childhood and school educators, professionals, academics and stakeholders and can be shared with early childhood and school educators.

For more information, see: Strength-based approach: A guide to writing Transition Learning and Development Statements (PDF - 454Kb) (PDF - 453.92kb)

Transition Learning and Development Statement

There are no changes to the Statement in 2014.

For information and resources about completing the Statement, see: Completing the Transition Learning and Development Statement

The Statement is available in two formats:

To order hard copies of the Transition Learning and Development Statement or the Transition Resource Kit, please see: Transition: A Positive Start to School

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