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Transition to school is a dynamic process of continuity and change as children move into their first year of school. The process of transition occurs over time, beginning well before children start school and extending to the point where children and families feel a sense of belonging at school.

Prep teachers, school leaders, kindergarten teachers, other professionals and community organisations work together to support families and children to achieve successful transitions to school. Every school and prior to school service needs advocates for transition to school.

Families also have critical roles to play in supporting positive transitions and should be included in discussions about children’s learning and transition to school.

Voices in transitions

It is important that schools know their children and families so they can plan for and support continuity of learning from prior to school settings into school.

Children and families

Children and families have information to share that will support successful transition to school. Transition experiences vary for each parent, family and child, and this is evident across the videos below. They feature a parent and children sharing their thoughts, concerns and questions about transition at the end of kindergarten and then at the end of Semester 1 in Prep.

Principals 

School leaders have a leadership role to initiate connections with children, families and the community.

The following videos show principals sharing their school strategies to welcome children and families, as well as their actions for transition.

Partners in transition

These videos show kindergarten teachers, directors, school teachers and parents discussing transition statements and their usefulness as part of sharing information for successful transitions to school.

Achieving successful transitions to school

How do you recognise, know and measure how successful transitions are achieved? What are stakeholders in successful transition seeing, feeling and thinking?

The following diagram can be downloaded and printed on A3 for use as a stimulus for discussion about the indicators for successful transition for your context.

Successful transitions to school will look and feel different for different contexts in response to community and school priorities, but there will be some common indicators of success.

The following resource provides some starting points for teachers and curriculum leaders to consider how they can monitor successful transitions to school for children, families and educators, including those from prior to school settings. The resource provides examples of evidence and observable behaviours as starting points to develop indicators of success for your context.

Further readings 

Last updated: 23 December 2015

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