Have your say on the Transition Learning and Development Statement and other assessment tools

We are seeking a range of views on the Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS) and other tools used to share information when children transition from funded Four-Year-Old Kindergarten to school.

Navigate to the Early Years Assessment and Learning Tool
Navigate to the Online Transition Learning and Development Statement

Survey for schools in Term 1 2022

A survey for Foundation teachers and school principals is available from 14 February. The survey will seek views on the TLDS and other tools used to share information when children transition from kindergarten to school, including Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES), Individual Learning Plans and Individual Education Plans.

There will be additional opportunities for Foundation teachers to have their say in Term 2, 2022 through online focus groups and interviews. 

If you are a Foundation teacher or school principal complete the schools survey 

Survey for parents Term 1 2022

A survey for parents and/or carers of a child who started school in 2022 is available from 14 February.

The survey seeks views on children’s transition to school to understand what is working well, not so well, and if any changes are needed to support children when they start school.

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child who started school in 2022 complete the survey

Focus groups in Term 2 2022

Online focus groups will be held with early childhood and Foundation teachers in Term 2 to explore the use of the TLDS and other tools. 

The focus groups will cover different areas, including:

  • department area
  • specialist schools
  • early education programs
  • priority cohorts of children. 

Carefully consider which type of focus group you would like to attend. Backfill will be provided to early childhood services and schools to enable teachers to participate in focus groups. Bookings will open from late February.

Sign up for a focus group if you are an early childhood teacher or Foundation teacher 

Assessment practices to support continuity of learning

The surveys and focus groups are part of an evaluation of assessment practices to support children’s continuity of learning as they transition from kindergarten to school.

The evaluation is seeking input from kindergartens, schools and families through participation in surveys, focus groups and interviews on what information is shared between early childhood teachers and Foundation teachers to best support children’s learning and development. This work will also inform the future alignment between the TLDS and the newly developed Early Years Assessment and Learning Tool.

More information

For more information about this work email early.years.assessment@education.vic.gov.au