A child’s Transition Learning and Development Statement (Transition Statement) summarises their abilities as they start school and identifies their individual approaches to learning. It also identifies potential teaching strategies. This information is shared to progress the child’s learning alongside their interests and indicates how they can be supported to continue on their learning journey. It provides a tool for the consistent transfer of information irrespective of the setting they are transitioning from or to. It reflects the learning outcomes identified for children in the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), as well as the first three levels of the Victorian Curriculum F–10.
The information in the Transition Statement helps prep teachers get to know the children entering their classes, and to plan appropriate learning and teaching programs. It provides an opportunity for children, their families and all the professionals who work with them to support a child’s transition to school. It also helps Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) educators to plan for children’s learning continuity between settings.
Transition to school is a process, not a point in time. It is an individual experience for everyone involved. Sharing information between the child, the family, early childhood education and care services and the school in the Transition Statement is only one part of this process.
The Transition Statement has been improved to make it easier for early childhood educators and families to complete, and more useful for prep teachers in the early years of school. These improvements have been made in collaboration with early childhood experts and educators from a range of early childhood services and schools, and with input from families.
Early childhood services will be able to complete the Transition Statement online, making it easier for educators to use and share with schools. The new Transition Statement will become available for use in Term 3.
A sample of the new Transition Statement is available:
More information about the Transition Statement is available in Section 6.3 of the Transition to School Resource Kit.
The Department has also created a video outlining the features of the new Transition Statement. For more information, see: