Why preparation for school is important
Starting school is an important milestone for children and families. With new routines and new people to meet, new classrooms, and spaces to navigate. For families, there are practical matters like uniforms, lunch boxes, teachers' names and school rules and policies. Wellbeing is so important too, from feeling a little nervous to very anxious, worrying about making friends or finding your way around. Parents and schools collaborate well before the first day to support children and families preparing for school.
Preparation is key to happy transitions -
think friendships, positivity, visits or virtual tours,
and reading with children, books about starting school.
Transition to School – Parent Forum
Council's annual Transition to School Parent Forum provides practical tips to help plan and prepare for school. The 2021 Forum webinar (35 min) is presented by Council with the following speakers:
- Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, and BeYou Consultant Early Childhood Australia
- Michele Foley and Linda Francis, ACT Education Directorate
Top Tips & Links
This is a great clip to watch with your child - school children telling other children what a day at Kindergarten might look like. Watching this together will help start conversations about what may happen at preschool or school.