The Back to School period can be an exciting and, at times, stressful time for parents – especially the parents of Preps starting school for the first time.
Parents can relax in the knowledge that the Victorian Government is committed to building the Education State, and ensuring that all students have the opportunity at a great education.
The first years are an exciting and engaging time for your child. Building positive relationships and experiences in the early years is important to long-term development, learning and wellbeing.
The more you can help your child to become familiar with the layout of the school and what they need to do before day one, the less overwhelmed they are likely to feel.
To start Prep, the first year of primary school, your child needs to turn five by 30 April of that year. Your child must be at school in the year they turn six, which is the compulsory school-starting age.
For tips on how to prepare your child for starting Prep, see:
Transition to primary school
The move from kindergarten to primary school is the start of big changes in your child’s life, development and education.
The following programs and processes will help make this transition as stress free as possible for you and your child.
Transition Learning and Development Statement
To help share information about your child's development, a Transition Learning and Development Statement will be given to you and your child’s new school by your child’s kindergarten teacher.
The transition statement will be developed by your child's early childhood teacher and will summarise your child's learning and development before they start school, as well as his or her strengths and interests. You will be asked to tell the school more about your child and give your perspective by completing Part 1, the family section of the Statement.
Transition-to-school programs can help you and your child get a better understanding of what primary school will be like. Most importantly, they allow families to familiarise themselves with school staff, other families and children.
Within your local area, the links between primary schools and child care centres or kindergartens may be organised through:
- visits by children between early childhood services and schools
- family information sessions
- visits by teachers to early childhood services
- exchanging information about a child’s learning and development
- early childhood educators, school teachers and other professionals participating in local transition networks
- an orientation day at the new school
- a 'buddy' system where older school children help Prep children to have a welcoming experience from the start of primary school.
For more information about transition-to-school programs, contact the school your child is enrolled in or your child's child care centre or kindergarten.
For information on your child's orientation day, contact your child's new school.