Transition resources for families

Templates and guidelines to help you introduce and support families and children during the transition to primary school. Includes translated versions in a number of languages.

Relationships are at the core of positive transition to school experiences.

When families, early childhood services, schools and communities work together in positive and collaborative ways, a child's capacity to achieve their learning potential is significantly enhanced - and so is their general health, wellbeing, positive outlook and sense of purpose in life.

Introducing families to transition: a positive start to school

The most successful transition approaches prioritise ongoing communication and relationships with children and families. To ensure consistent messaging, you should begin to chat to families about transition: a positive start to school early in the year.

Families should be provided with the introduction to transition to school information sheet as part of this process.

Introduction to transition information sheet
Available in different languages

In order to view and edit the Karen and Sinhalese translations in Word, you will need to install the font onto your computer by downloading the file and selecting 'Install': Karen font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 65.1kb) or Sinhalese font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 40.69kb)

This information sheet explains to families the importance of sharing relevant information with schools and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services and how this information will be shared.

A customisable letter has been written for you to provide to families with the introduction to transition to school information sheet. This document can be easily used by your service by copying the letter onto your service letterhead, attaching it to regular newsletters or adding it to online communication to families. 

Family letter to accompany information sheet
Available in different languages

In order to view and edit the Karen and Sinhalese translations in Word, you will need to install the font onto your computer by downloading the file and selecting 'Install': Karen font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 65.1kb) or Sinhalese font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 40.69kb)

Transition learning and development statement

Every child attending a funded kindergarten program that is going to school will have a transition learning and development statement (TLDS) written for them. A child’s TLDS is written by early childhood educators, but incorporates a section for families and the child to fill out too.

Families should be invited to contribute to the TLDS by writing in section 3: The family and reviewing the sections written by early childhood educators.

Families may also help their child complete section 2: the child, but sometimes this section will be filled out as part of the kindergarten program.

Families should be provided with the following resources to accompany their child’s draft TLDS.

The guidelines t​o help families complete the TLDS explains to families the importance of contributing to their child's TLDS

Guidelines to help families complete the TLDS
Available in different languages

In order to view and edit the Karen and Sinhalese translations in Word, you will need to install the font onto your computer by downloading the file and selecting 'Install': Karen font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 65.1kb) or Sinhalese font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 40.69kb)

A customisable letter has been written for you to provide to families with the g​uidelines. You can add your own letterhead to this information or add the information to your family newsletters.

Family letter to help families complete the TLDS
Available in different languages

In order to view and edit the Karen and Sinhalese translations in Word, you will need to install the font onto your computer by downloading the file and selecting 'Install': Karen font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 65.1kb) or Sinhalese font (ttf - 65 (ttf - 40.69kb)

Transition: a positive start to school resource kit 

The transition: a positive start to school resource kit is designed to provide practical guidance for professionals working with children and families during the transition to school process.      

Section 2 of the kit contains helpful information and guidance on building relationships to support transitions.

Supporting English as an additional language at transition to school

This online resource provides advice and practical examples of how children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are supported to make a successful transition to school. It is designed to assist and guide early childhood professionals and teachers in schools. See: Supporting EAL at trans​​ition to school

​Enhanced transitions for children with a disability or developmental delay

The Department has an enhanced process to support children with a disability or developmental delay

 as they transition to school.

Support for children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability

The Department has released two new reports: a Rapid Literature Review undertaken by ACER and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and a Practice Review by Deakin University on 'Early Years Transitions: Support for Children and Families at Risk of Experiencing Vulnerability'.

The Rapid Literature Review highlights Australian and international evidence-based practices for supporting children and families experiencing vulnerability in early years transitions. Building upon this review, the Practice Review identifies promising practices, strategies and gaps across Victoria.

More information

For further information on Transition to School, please send your enquiry to:  psts@edumail.vic.gov.au