From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Leaving behind the familiar environment of kindergarten and starting school is an exciting time in your child’s life.
The Department supports you in planning for your child’s transition from kindergarten to school through its initiative- Transition: A Positive Start to School.
However, if your child has a disability or additional needs there will be extra things you need to think about to prepare for this transition.
The Department has an enhanced process that supports the transition to school for children with severe disabilities who receive a kindergarten inclusion support package.
Its aim is to help early childhood education services, early childhood intervention services, schools and others work together to develop plans that will help make your child’s move easier.
The Sharing Our Journey kit includes information on how you can plan for the transition from kindergarten to school, including questions you can ask.
This kit includes a guide for completing your child’s Learning and Development Statement. All children moving from kindergarten to school will need one of these statements which are prepared by your child’s kindergarten teacher in consultation with you.
The family section of the statement includes opportunities for you to share information about your child with the school. Your child’s kindergarten teacher can help you to complete this section.
The enhanced section of the statement is optional but gives you the opportunity to give further information regarding your child’s abilities, strengths and needs to the school. You can also give information about the support services involved with your child.
Your early childhood intervention services worker will help you to complete this section.
Working together will help you:
- understand your child’s abilities, strengths and needs
- acknowledge the role of the family
- listen to your views of your child
- share relevant information
- acknowledge the progress your child has made at kindergarten
- develop relationships and networks with service providers who may be supporting your child now or in the future
- learn about your child’s school
- build a relationship and ongoing communication with the school
- plan for your child’s positive start to school
- feel confident that your child will be able to successfully participate at school.
If your child has special needs you will benefit from the shared information and individual planning a support group offers.
If your child is receiving a Kindergarten Inclusion Support package you will be part of a Program Support Group, which usually includes you, the kindergarten teacher, early childhood intervention staff and others.
The Program Support Group identifies your child’s individual needs.
When your child moves to school you will be part of a Student Support Group. This is a cooperative partnership between you, school representatives and professionals to make sure there is coordinated support for your child’s educational needs.
You need to be part of a Student Support Group to make an application for support through the Program for Students with Disabilities.
For more information on government school guidelines for this application process, see: Students with Disabilities
When your child starts school
You go to at least two support groups meetings to help you and your child make the move from kindergarten to school.
You would have attended the first meeting while your child was in kindergarten, usually during Term 3 or 4. At this meeting you explore the possibility that your child may be eligible for the Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) at school. Applications for PSD commence from May in the year prior to school entry.
The second support group meeting is held in Term 1 of your child’s first year at school.
This meeting will review your child’s move to school and will involve you, the prep teacher and possibly the principal, as well as your child’s kindergarten teacher, early childhood intervention
family services coordinator and any other early childhood intervention worker required.
After this meeting, formal contact you have with the early childhood programs will end. However, you will still go to regular Student Support Group meetings run by your child’s school to review your child’s progress.
Most schools also run prep orientation programs so your family can meet the principal and teacher and see your child’s classroom. If your child requires an extended orientation, this can be organised with the school and can involve more visits to the school and more visits by your child’s prep teacher to observe your child at kindergarten
Do not be afraid to ask for these extra meetings if you have further questions or concerns.
Disability Services in the Department of Human Services are responsible for funding of a range of services for people with intellectual, physical, sensory and dual disabilities, neurological impairments and acquired brain injury.
Your child may be within the target group for the services and support provided by the Disability Services program.
For further information, see: Disability or contact the Disability Services regional Intake and Response teams on 1800 783 783.
For a copy of the Sharing our Journey kit, see: ‘Sharing Our Journey’ Information Kit (PDF - 911Kb) - information for parents.
For more information on how the Department supports you in planning for your child’s transition from kindergarten to school, see: Transition: A Positive Start to School Resource Kit (pdf - 1.03mb)