2020-11-27 3:07:36

Transitioning to School

As children and families transition back to onsite learning, teachers are now focused on re-establishing relationships and developing strong understandings of the learning and development that occurred over the last two terms.

The limited access to onsite learning during the 2020 kindergarten year does not mean children will require a second year of kindergarten. We know that children’s learning and development continued while learning at home, including the skills and dispositions needed to be ‘school ready’. For Early Childhood Professionals, now is the time to consider how you will develop your understanding of children’s learning to develop their transition to school statements.

During term 4 children along with their families, Teachers and Educators, can continue to develop and strengthen their learning dispositions that will indeed support their transition into their first year of primary school. For Early Childhood Professionals, the key is to maintain and strengthen their collaborative partnerships with families to ensure a continuity of learning between the learning at home and kindergarten environment. Strong relationships with families and planning for children’s learning in partnership will afford children a strong start at school.

The Department of Education and Training has a range of resources to support Early Childhood Professionals in completing their transition statements. This includes:

  • Supportive information on how to complete a child’s transition statement
  • A resource kit for teachers
  • Introduction to transition information sheet for families (available in a range of languages)
  • Links to free online professional learning to support effective transition statements

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has a range of resources for Teachers and Educators to develop their understanding of how to support multilingual children through their transition to school.

fkaCS is here to provide Educators with tools and resources that build their capacity to support multilingual children and families in positive and effective transitions to school. See our educator resources below, or call fkaCS for information, advice, and provision of Online Language Support.

Educator Resources

Documenting Learning to Support Transition to School

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With children returning to onsite learning, Early Childhood Professionals are turning their attention to re-establishing relationships with children and families and preparing to complete transition to school statements.

This tool is to support you in developing meaningful transition to school statements for children. It is most effective when used in conjunction with Developing a Holistic Understanding of Children’s Learning and Development While Learning at Home.

You can also download the Word Template below.

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Documenting Learning (Template)

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To support continuity of learning and the development of your transition statements, it may be beneficial to use a template or tool to focus your information gathering. This tool is to support you in developing meaningful transition to school statements for children. It is most effective when used in conjunction with Developing a Holistic Understanding of Children’s Learning and Development While Learning at Home.

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fkaCS Online Language Support

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You may identify in your communication and orientation planning that you require further support to engage in shared communication with families. fkaCS online language support may be one avenue to consider.

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