Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit

The Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit has been revised and is now available 

​The Transition to School Resource Kit (the kit) is designed to provide practical guidance for early childhood professionals working with children and families during the transition to school process.

Revision of the Transition initiative

Much has changed since the introduction of the Transition: A Positive Start to School initiative in 2009. The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and schools sectors have undergone significant reform, particularly with the introduction of the National Quality Framework, the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), and most recently, the Education State Reforms and the Victorian Curriculum F-10 for schools.

Many ECEC services, Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services and schools have developed innovative approaches to support effective transitions and have embedded a number of the ‘promising practices’ that were identified through earlier transition research. Additionally, a considerable amount of research, evaluation and consultation has afforded even greater insight into what works well in supporting effective transitions, and why.

What has changed in the revised kit?

The revised kit:

  • reflects new research, findings from recent consultations and evaluations, and other transition projects undertaken (i.e. reciprocal visits).
  • provides up-to-date, evidence-based information and advice for schools and early childhood education and care services on:
    • effective processes and practices in transition
    • providing enhanced transition support where needed for some children and families. 

The kit has been developed and trialled with input from a range of experts, families and a broad range of early childhood professionals and leaders working in long day care services, kindergarten programs, family day care services, outside school hours care programs and schools. 

It is strongly aligned with and underpinned by the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the Victorian Curriculum F-10, and includes a strong focus on:

  • relationships
  • continuity of learning
  • equity in transitions

The kit has been designed to support professionals to intentionally improve the development and delivery of transition programs. It provides up-to-date, evidence-based information for ECEC services, OSHC services and schools on effective processes and practices in transition, including advice on providing tailored transition support where required for some children and families.

For more information see: Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit (pdf - 12.95mb) Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit (docx - 81.96mb)

Online Appendix

Further resources are provided in the online Appendix. The online Appendix will be updated regularly to provide the most up-to-date resources that are available.

See: Online Appendix (pdf - 615.29kb) Online Appendix (docx - 252.17kb)

Order an additional hard copy

Early childhood professionals, early childhood services, schools, registered training organisations and universities can request additional copies online. The following information is required:

  • contact name
  • service name (where applicable)
  • number of copies requested
  • delivery address, including suburb and post code (note: if ordering multiple copies, a street address rather than PO box is necessary)
  • telephone number.

To request additional copies, see: Transition to School Resource Kit order form