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Children's investigations booklet

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Starting school for the first time is an important event in the lives of children and their families.

The Wondering about school resources provide schools with an opportunity to connect with families and neighbouring early childhood education and care services, to support children with their transition to sch​ool.

The resources also give Prep and kindergarten-aged children opportunities to connect with each other, share their experiences, and build a sense of belonging in their community to make a positive start to school.  The complete collection of Wondering about school resources can be found in wondering about school.

Explanation of the Wondering about school resources

The Children's investigations booklet encourages current Prep students to represent and communicate their thoughts, feelings and experiences of when they started school, to support kindergarten-aged children with their transition.

Download the Children's investigations booklet (DOCX, 6.1MB).

Instruction guide

The instruction guide provides suggestions for creating and using the booklet and associated resources.

The guide includes suggested timelines and approaches, conversation starters, resource list, and tips for creating the booklet.

Schools are encouraged to use the Wondering about school: Children's investigations booklet in a way that best suits their school. The suggestions in this document should be used as a guide only.

Download the instruction guide (PDF , 318KB)(DOCX, 28KB).

Start creating your new Wondering about school booklet.

Download the booklet, work with Prep students and their families to share supportive messages about starting school, and distribute the booklet to the new children and families who are entering Prep.

Tip: To help you complete the booklet, you can view some completed examples:

More information

Starting school poster (PDF, 2.26MB) - Early childhood services and schools are encouraged to display the poster and share the activity ideas with families who are transitioning to school.

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Last updated 29 November 2018