Transition statements: information for schools

​​This page includes information on transition learning and development statements (TLDS) for prep students starting school.

TLDS are provided by feeder early childhood services and used by prep teachers, schools and outside school hours care services.​

When your school will receive transition statements

You will receive TLDS from October to early December. Your school should work with your feeder early childhood services to agree on timelines that suit you both, as well as the best interests of the child.

TLDS are typically written by early childhood educators in the fourth term (October or November). They capture the most current learning and developmental information to share with you as the receiving teacher.

If done earlier, the child’s level of learning and development is likely to have progressed and the information may not be as relevant and useful.

How your school will receive transition statements

TLDS can be received in a number of ways:

Insight assessment platform

You will receive the TLDS through the Insight assessment platform if:

  • your school uses Insight and
  • the early childhood service has completed the ‘online TLDS’.

Your Insight school administrator can access transition statements for new prep students on Insight.

Email or post

You might receive the TLDS through an email or post:

  • if your school does not use Insight or
  • the early childhood service has completed the ‘electronic TLDS’.

Direct from the family

Your school might be able to obtain a copy of the TLDS directly from the child's family if they have chosen to opt out of the early childhood service providing the information to your school.

Each family is provided a completed copy of the statement from their early childhood service. 

OSHC services

OSHC services should ask the family or the prep teacher for a copy of the TLDS to assist in getting to know the child and family, and planning accordingly.

Ways to use transition statements

A child's TLDS:

  • summarises their abilities as they start school
  • identifies their individual approaches to learning
  • helps prep teachers:
    • get to know the children entering their classes
    • plan appropriate learning and teaching programs.​

Below are seven ways that schools can effectively use the TLDS. The TLDS:

  1. provides individual child interests so you can select familiar or favourite picture books and activities to reassure reluctant new preps at orientation sessions and in the first few weeks of the school year.
  2. outlines the child’s level of learning (section 1.1) to assist you to plan accordingly to support progression along the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and Victoria Curriculum F-10 continuum
  3. includes an ‘intentional teaching strategies’ section (section 1.1) that provides you with teaching strategies that work for each individual child in the new prep classroom
  4. can be used alongside the English online interview (EOI) data to detect possible assessment anomalies, or even to help determine which children should undertake the EOI first.
  5. has an enhanced section describing how to support children with additional learning needs – which strategies are most effective, which professionals are involved in supporting the child and which reports are available to provide you with further information
  6. has a section completed by the child that helps you get to know each child quickly – you can use this information to initiate conversation with the child and display their drawings or photos to support their sense of belonging in the new classroom
  7. has a section completed by the child’s family to help you to initiate conversation and discussion to get to know the family and their expectations, wishes and hopes for their child beginning school.

Share the ways your school is using transition statements by emailing us at psts@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Schools not using Insight

If your school does not currently use the Insight assessment platform (i.e. non-government schools) but you want to find out more, contact insight@edumail.vic.gov.au.

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Transition learning and development statements - information for early childhood professionals