Transition to School Reciprocal Visits

The Supporting Reciprocal Visits project sought to build on current research that identifies the importance of sharing pedagogical perspectives between professionals working in early childhood and school settings through shared professional learning, combined with reciprocal visiting.

The combination of these two promising practices has proven to be beneficial to children and families as they transition into school and for ongoing professional partnerships.

Watch this short introduction video to Supporting Reciprocal Visits:

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Between October 2014 and May 2015, the Department commissioned a series of professional learning sessions and reciprocal visits to strengthen transition to school processes for children and families. The aim was to build on and enhance existing relationships between early childhood and school educators.

The project took place in Puckapunyal, Banyan Fields, Tarneit and Bendigo, and strengthened partnerships between educators, while also co-developing strategies to enhance the transition to school for young children and their families. For more information and a sample structure to guide your network, see:

To view the full research reports by Monash University and Semann & Slattery (in collaboration with Macquarie University), see:

Successful visits

Watch these videos to see how other regions have put together their successful reciprocal visits.

Koorie Focus

Between October 2015 and June 2016, the Department commissioned a series of professional learning sessions and reciprocal visits to strengthen transition to school processes for Koorie children and families. The aim was to build on and enhance existing relationships between early childhood and school educators in areas with high numbers of Kooire children and families.

The project took place in Morwell and Mildura and strengthened partnerships between educators, teachers, leaders and other early childhood professionals while co-developing strategies to enhance the transition to school for young Koorie children and their families. The project aimed to improve the capacity of early childhood educators and school teachers to support Koorie children’s connection to Aboriginal culture during and after transitions, as well as create stronger relationships around children’s transition to school between teachers, educators, children, their families and communities.

To view the full report by Semann & Slattery (in collaboration with Macquarie University and Boon Wurrung Foundation), see:

Watch these videos to see how these areas put together their reciprocal visits.


Video transcript: Working with Koorie children and families (doc - 93kb)

Video transcript: Building effective transition practices (doc - 109kb)