Transition to school

We know that strong relationships and information sharing between families, early childhood settings and schools before children start school helps to ensure a smooth transition.

Early Childhood experiences are vital for children's brain development (Mustard 2002).  A quality transition to school continues children's development and learning.  Pianta (2004) writes that a good transition to school process ensures children will start school ready to learn and schools will be ready for children. 

Evidence suggests that children who have a positive start to school are likely to engage well and to experience academic and social success. 

What is the Statement?

The NSW Transition to School Statement is a practical and simple tool designed to make it easier for information to be shared between families, early childhood services and schools.  It summarises the child's strengths, identifies their interests and approaches to learning, and suggests ways these can be supported.

How does it work?

The Statement is completed by the child's early childhood educator, in cooperation with the family.  All information is provided voluntarily. The Statement is then communicated to the child's intended school where it provides the school and teachers with information they can use in planning and preparing for the child's arrival and transition into the new learning environment. 

Use of the Statement is optional. Each service and family will make the decision about whether to prepare a Statement, and the family will choose whether to make it available to the child's intended school and teacher.

You can watch this video to find out more about the Statement. It includes interviews with an early childhood educator, a parent, and a school principal about their experiences using the Statement.

Link to Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7wFLenl9yU

How is it linked to quality education and care?

The NSW Transition to School Statement links to Quality Area 6 of the National Quality Standard, which emphasises collaboration between early childhood services and other organisations and service providers in order to enhance children's learning and well-being.

Links to Statement and information sheets

For more information about the Transition to School Project please email ECEC.transitions@det.nsw.edu.au

 

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