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Transition to school

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Starting school is an important milestone in a child's life – and supporting children to successfully transition to school helps foster their enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

Schools, early childhood education and care services and families all have a part to play in helping children successfully transition to school.

Transition statements

Transition statements contain important information about a child's learning and development at kindergarten as well as suggestions for supporting their continued learning at school.

Kindergarten teachers develop the transition statement in November with input from parents/carers and children.

When shared with the child's new school, transition statements provide valuable information to assist in planning for a positive transition to school.

Collaborating for success

Watch what parents and teachers are saying about transition statements: ​

Weir Kindergarten

Find out how transition statements are supporting a great start to school.

Transcript (DOCX, 24KB)
Western Suburbs Kindergarten

Parents say the transition statement helped them understand their child's progress.

Transcript (DOCX, 24KB)

Undurba State School

Prep teachers explain how they use transition statements to better understand children’s needs.

Transcript (DOCX, 23KB)
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Peregian Springs State School

The insights that transition statements provide ensure that 'learning suits the learner'.

Transcript (DOCX, 26KB)
 

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 transitions
Learn about the statewide approach to transitions, transition practices, and understand the importance of transitions.

School decision-making tool action areas
Learn about the​ action areas outlined in the 'Supporting successful transitions – school decision-making tool'.

Preparing your child for school
Read about how parents and carers can help their child enjoy a positive start to school.

Transition statements
Find out about transition statements for children starting school.

Orientation to school
Learn about how orientation strategies can help schools prepare children for Prep.

Wondering about school
Learn about connecting Prep and kindergarten children, their families and schools through the 'Wondering about school' resources.

Activities and resources: transition to school
Learn about activities and resources available to early childhood services, schools and families to assist children to successfully transition to school.​

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Last updated 17 December 2018