Starting school is a milestone in a child’s life and it’s important that the groundwork for a successful transition to school, is already well underway in your child’s kindergarten year.
Planning for this early is essential so that children have time to get used to the idea of moving on to something new.
C&K’s General Manager Children’s Services Kathryn Woods says a successful transition to school has been recognized as an important factor influencing positive later outcomes for children – both socially and academically.
“A good transition is a team effort involving the child, their family, their kindergarten, the school and the wider community”, she says.
“Generally, the first transition a young child will make in their life is the transition from home to kindergarten or childcare and when we support children to do this successfully we learn more about how to help them to make the transition to school.”
A smooth transition relies hugely on family support. Here are a few things you can do to make the kindy to school transition an easy one.
- Support your child’s creativity and curiosity in learning
- Visit the school to become familiar with teachers, routines and facilities
- Start practising independence at home
- Support your child to be responsible for their belongings
- Have your child practice using the lunchbox and water bottle they’ll be taking to school
- Arrange a playdate with a child in their class if they don’t know any other students
- Talk with your child in a positive way about school.
Ask your kindergarten for a Transition Statement at the end of the year. This is a useful document that can be passed on to their Prep teacher. The statement includes information about each individual child’s learning journey, their capabilities and social relationships.
“It’s important to recognise that every child is unique and that an effective transition acknowledges the strengths and the interests of each child, so that the learning journey can continue in a positive way”, says Ms Woods.
“An effective transition is a dynamic and flexible process which will familiarise children and their families with the new school environment and minimise disruptions to the continuity of learning and development”, she said.
For families of children with developmental delay or disability, the transition to school may require additional time, planning and support and it’s always helpful to seek a kindergarten that is well positioned to help families work their way through this process.
When seeking a kindergarten, ask how they assist children with developmental delays or disabilities and whether or not they are connected to supportive agencies. For example, at C&K, educators are connected to a range of agencies including Early Childhood Development Programs, Autism Queensland and Family and Child Connect. They also work closely with family and child health units to support families and provide advice on how to access support agencies.
Children already registered with Disability Services have now been transitioned to the NDIS while for all new clients, the NDIS will become available in January 2018.
It can be a daunting process for all family members which is why it’s great to have kindergartens like C&K's with Wellbeing and Inclusion Advisors that assist families and educators in the process and throughout the transition to school period.
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