Transition to school resources


Browse the collection of transition to school activities and resources designed to assist families, early childhood education and care providers and schools support successful transitions.

Inquiry guide

The supporting successful transitions inquiry guide will assist schools to use the decision-making tool to identify, plan and implement transition strategies and practices that meet the unique needs of their community.


Support your chil​d's transition to school with some simple tips and f​​un activities.


Families play a significant role in supporting the transition to school. The Starting school brochure provides tips for supporting your child at this important time.

Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool and supporting information

These documents can support schools to identify, plan and implement transition strategies and practices that meet the needs of their community. They are designed to assist schools in strengthening their approach to transition and their selection of transition to school strategies.​

Fact sheets

These fact sheets for schools, early childhood education and care services and families have important information for supporting children's successful transition to school.


These posters are resources that support families, schools and early childhood education and care services in promoting the importance of successful transitions to school.



Watch these videos outlining how all partners have a key role in supporting successful transitions to school.

Parents and carers can consent to the transition statement being passed to the school by the kindergarten teacher, or they can choose to share it with their child's new Prep teacher and/or other relevant staff at their new school.

Find out more about the transition statement parent/carer consent form (DOCX, 124KB).

For more information about transition statements, visit the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website or The Early Years Count website.


Supporting successful transition newsletters distributed to state schools, support planning and implementing strategies aligned to the Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool.

Action area: Effective use of data

2015 Supporting successful transitions newsletter (PDF, 289KB) (DOCX, 31KB) focuses on community-level and child-level data.

Data in action in Far North Queensland (PDF, 571KB) (DOCX, 31KB) is a case study on how schools and regions can utilise data to lead the region towards a more desirable future.

Effective use of data (PDF, 210KB) (DOCX, 33KB) details how schools can gather and analyse information about their local community context, school data, Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) outcomes, families and children to inform transition planning.

Action area: Reciprocal relationships

2015 Supporting successful transitions edition 2 newsletter (PDF, 639KB) (DOCX, 34KB) focuses on communicating with early childhood services, involving families and children, and community partners.

Why relationships matter: North Coast Region (PDF, 406KB) (DOCX, 49KB) is a case study discussing why a focus on relationships is valued and prioritised in regions.

Reciprocal relationships (PDF, 786KB) (DOCX, 51KB) is an information sheet for schools identifying and establishing effective support networks and partners, and strategies for connecting and building on these relationships.

Conversation starters (PDF, 820KB) (DOCX, 46KB) provides a starting point for principals to establish and build on connections with partners involved in supporting children's transition to school, specifically when beginning to build relationships with early childhood services.

Action area: Effective pedagogy and practice

Effective pedagogy and practice 2016 newsletter (PDF, 245KB) (DOCX, 39KB) focuses on communicating with early childhood services, involving families and children, and community partners.

Effective pedagogy and practice from a regional perspective (PDF, 511KB) (DOCX, 43KB) is a case study identifying how supporting the continuity of learning and transition to school positively influences a child's early learning and development, and the trajectory of their future success.

Conversation starters (PDF, 267KB) (DOCX, 44KB) provides a starting point for principals when communicating effective pedagogy and practice strategies within their community.

Age-appropriate pedagogies (PDF, 1.6MB) a foundation paper summary of the Age-appropriate pedagogies for the early years of schooling: Foundation paper.

Action area: Respect for diversity

Respect for diversity 2016 newsletter (PDF, 252KB) (DOCX, 33KB) focuses on knowing the community, and knowing and responding to children.

Perspectives on diversity in the South East (PDF, 409KB) (DOCX, 35KB) an interview with Sharyn Donald, Regional Director, about how the South East Region respects diversity in their transition-to-school practices.

Case study (PDF, 408KB) (DOCX, 37KB) Kerri Giebel, Early Childhood Education and Care Director, North Queensland Region reviews practical examples of how three schools respect diversity, particularly in relation to transition-to-school strategies.

Respect for diversity (PDF, 281KB) (DOCX, 35KB) is an information sheet for schools providing current research and highlights the importance of considering both diversity and inclusive practices in developing transition-to-school strategies, as well as strategies for schools to use in collaboration with other key community partners to support children's position transition and long-term outcomes in school.

Mindful reflective conversation starters (PDF, 1.5MB) (DOCX, 51KB) provides a starting point for principals and teachers to reflect on their professional and personal values in relation to diversity and transition to school.

Action area: Responsive environments

The Responsive Environments newsletter Edition 2017 (PDF, 273KB) (DOCX, 30KB) focuses on the responsive environments action area, as well as children's perspectives on their environments, information about relevant policy, research and frameworks influencing the transition to school and responsive environments

Transition talk: Children's voices on environments (PDF, 482KB) (DOCX, 31KB) includes information on the collaborative project run by the Metropolitan region and Griffith University, 200 Children's Voices, which is a platform for children's perspectives in their learning environments.

Case study: Responsive environments—Physical, temporal, social and procedural (PDF, 665KB) (DOCX, 42KB) is a case study identifying how physical, temporal, social and procedural environments in schools and early years services support the continuity of learning for young children.

Information for schools—Responsive environments (PDF, 283KB) (DOCX, 33KB) highlights the importance of high quality, responsive environments and the role they play in supporting a child's successful transition to school.

Last updated 16 October 2019