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Preparing your child for school

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Starting school is an important milestone in a child's life.

Supporting children to successfully transition to school helps foster their enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

A child's transition to school experience starts well before, and extends far beyond, their first day.

Families and carers play a significant role in supporting the transition to school and you can start preparing your child well before their first day of school.

By working together, early childhood services, schools, families and relevant community organisations can help children enjoy a great start to school.

Supporting your child's successful transition to school

A successful transition to school is more than a great first day. It is your child feeling welcome, safe and confident in their new school environment.  This journey begins well before your child starts school and only ends when they feel a sense of belonging.

As a parent or carer there are lots of different ways you can help your child enjoy a great start to school.

Simple tips:

  • be ready to support your child
  • listen to your child's thoughts about starting school
  • make time to talk, read, play and relax with your child
  • share your positive feelings about school
  • practise new routines
  • encourage your child to know how to seek help
  • meet new children and families before the first day
  • celebrate starting school.

More information

Starting school brochure (PDF, 1.66MB)(RTF, 24KB)
Access tips and information about preparing your child for school.

Information for families fact sheet (PDF, 269KB)(RTF, 104KB)
Read about the ways you can help support your child's transition to school.

Supporting families: Principal Daniel Evans
Watch Principal Daniel Evans discuss how the school principal can welcome your family into the school community.
"How can principals help families with the transition to school?"

Transcript (DOCX, 19KB)

Related information

Transition to school resources
Access resources, activities and videos designed to support successful transitions to school.

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Last updated 16 April 2019