Transition to School Resources

Why transition to school is important

Starting school is a significant milestone for children and their families. There are new routines, new faces and places, challenges and adventures. Supporting children in the early years of school helps them to feel secure, confident, and ready to engage with educators and peers. Parents and schools collaborate closely to prepare and support children starting preschool and school. Practical matters like clothing, shoes, lunchboxes, contact lists and policies, also wellbeing (both for parents and children), rules, friendships and finding your way around.  

Preparation is key to happy transitions - think friendships, positivity, visits or virtual tours, and reading with children.

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 

  • Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, BeYou Consultant ECA
  • Michele Foley and Linda Francis, ACT Education Directorate

Top Tips & Links

See Kathryn's Top Tips for getting ready for school, and download this extensive MUST HAVE LIST of references for parents including links to all the contacts you might need for school and a guide to Books to Read with your child about starting school.

Keep all the important school contacts together with this template

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. 

Media

https://youtu.be/VtUoNgoAbgI
STARTING SCHOOL OR PRESCHOOL WEBINAR TIPS FOR STARTING PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL:  Dr Kathryn Hopps, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, BeYou Consultant ECA Michele Foley, ACT Education Directorate Linda Francis, ACT Education Directorate