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Key messages for educators

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Considerations to support children's successful transitions back to kindergarten after disrupted service delivery

Learning contexts matter

  1. Responsive routines and rituals re–establish children's familiarity with the kindergarten experience.
  2. The service environment has a significant impact on children's learning and wellbeing.
  3. Encouraging children to contribute to aspects of decision making supports their sense of belonging and belief in their ability to deal with the situation.
  4. Through play children explore their feelings and build a sense of security and confidence in themselves and the world around them.

Connection supports wellbeing

  1. Being responsive and inclusive with children helps them to feel connected and builds trust.
  2. Viewing children as capable and using inclusive and strength-based learning improves children's resilience and wellbeing.
  3. Using action-orientated language about things children can control promoes reassurance and resilience.
  4. Educator wellbeing matters too.

Successful transition takes time and partnerships

  1. Transitions are unique for each child, family and educator.
  2. Partnerships with families and children ensures the needs and aspirations of all are considered.
  3. 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.


Download information sheet for educators (PDF, 64KB)


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Last updated 29 May 2020