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Starting kinder and school in 2020

The start of kindergarten, primary, and secondary school are exciting times, as children and young people prepare to enter a new year of learning.

School children walking down a path

These tips and resources for schools, early childhood services, families and students aim to help you as you transition into a new year.

Tips for starting school and kinder in 2020

For teachers and schools

This is a busy time of year for teachers and schools as you plan for the year ahead. The Department has lots of resources available to support teachers at this time of year, especially graduate teachers starting your new careers.

Bushfire information


Get ready for Term 1

For early childhood education providers

Help children transition and settle into their kindergarten program with these tips and resources for early childhood education services.

Bushfire information

  • Bushfires 2020 – information on service closures, emergency procedures for early childhood services, financial support for services and advice on how to support children and their families.
  • VCAA Bushfire Education – teaching resources and lesson plans to help you talk with children about bushfires, including preparing for, responding to, and recovering from fires.
  • Emergency management for early childhood services - emergency management processes, procedures and requirements for early childhood education and care services.


Resources and advice for parents, teachers and educators

For parents and families

Parents and carers play an important role in a child’s learning at all ages. There are many ways that you can support your child as they start the school year

Bushfires information


Advice for starting kindergarten

Help your child make the school transition

Advice for starting school

Find more back to school information for parents.

For students

The start of the school year is an exciting and challenging time. Your teachers and family can support you as you head back to school.