Considerations to support children's successful transitions back to kindergarten after disrupted service delivery
Learning contexts matter
- Responsive routines and rituals re–establish children's familiarity with the kindergarten experience.
- The service environment has a significant impact on children's learning and wellbeing.
- Encouraging children to contribute to aspects of decision making supports their sense of belonging and belief in their ability to deal with the situation.
- Through play children explore their feelings and build a sense of security and confidence in themselves and the world around them.
Connection supports wellbeing
- Being responsive and inclusive with children helps them to feel connected and builds trust.
- Viewing children as capable and using inclusive and strength-based learning improves children's resilience and wellbeing.
- Using action-orientated language about things children can control promoes reassurance and resilience.
- Educator wellbeing matters too.
Successful transition takes time and partnerships
- Transitions are unique for each child, family and educator.
- Partnerships with families and children ensures the needs and aspirations of all are considered.
- Acknowledging families' essential contributions to their children's learning and development, especially during this difficult period, helps them to identify as partners in their child's education.
Sharing a child's competencies, strengths and achievements with their family will help alleviate feelings that this disruption will have long-term consequences for learning.
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