Why transition to school is important
Educational transitions occur for the whole family because everyone’s affected by new routines and challenges. Parents with a child starting school or preschool next year can begin planning early to support a happy and satisfying transition. How children experience early years transitions will impact how they approach future education journeys so have fun and explore ways to support children and families.
There are practical matters to think about such as clothing, shoes, lunchboxes, drink bottles, hats, forms, and policies as well as important issues around wellbeing, including new friendships, new teachers, different schedules and locations.
Preparation including friendships, positivity, wellbeing and reading with children were highlighted for happy transitions.
Transition to School – Parent Forum
Council held a transition to school parent forum in September to support families who are getting ready for preschool and school in the ACT. The event brought together educators, parents and researchers to build awareness of the importance of educational transitions.
“We wanted to promote discussion about transitions and provide access to resources that highlight the support available to families.” Marina Spurgin, Council’s Early Learning Officer
Speaker presentations and resources are available here
TIPS FOR TRANSITIONS:
Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University, BeYou Consultant ECA
Michele Foley, ACT Education Directorate
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR SCHOOL:
Linda Francis, ACT Education Directorate
SUPPORT AT PRESCHOOL, DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY AND DISABILITY:
Elizabeth Lea, ACT Education Directorate