Kindergarten is where children continue their love of learning.
Effective transition practices, based on strong relationships and communication between the child, their family, early childhood education settings and the community, help children and their families positively move from one setting to another.
When children make the transition into kindergarten, they adjust to new or unfamiliar environments and situations. This includes new routines and expectations, new ways of learning, new relationships with other children and adults and new physical surroundings.
Researchers continue to find strong links between children’s intellectual and social capabilities in the early years of learning and future educational success and positive social outcomes.
Positive transitions experienced by children throughout the early years have a positive influence on long-term educational experiences.
What can you do before your child moves into kindergarten?
Help your child to feel comfortable about starting kindergarten by talking positively about kindergarten in everyday conversations. You could talk about:
- the location of the kindergarten: ‘When we go to the shops today, we will drive past your kindergarten’ or ‘The kindergarten room is the next one along, do you remember seeing the kindy kids in the playground?’
- when your child will start kindergarten: ‘Next year you will start kindergarten – let’s put it on the calendar’
- who your child might know at kindergarten: ‘Did you know Sam, Kellie and Jake will be going to your kindergarten?’
- making friends at kindergarten: ‘You can say, hello my name is... I’d like to play too’
- take time to talk to the educators and understand the routines your child will likely experience at kindergarten, for example:
- use the names of educators if known (especially if you are staying at your current centre)
- ask if your child thinks there will be group times for stories, songs and games
- what do they think they will able to do when outside?
- ask your child what they are looking forward to the most about kindergarten.
wonderful me kindy poster and complete with your child to support their transition to kindy.
Together, let’s make the big moves smaller.
A Great Start to Kindergarten pilot program
To help more children access kindergarten in 2022, 41 community kindergartens were selected to trial a range of pre-kindy transition programs in terms 3 and 4, 2021. Learn more about
A Great Start to Kindergarten pilot program.
Families living in identified locations can attend these fun, free play and learn sessions with their 3-year-olds in the year before their child starts kindergarten.
Explore the benefits of participating in kindy – a part-time educational program for children in the year prior to starting school.
Read more about kindergarten transition statements and how they support each child's continued learning when they start school.
Children with disability
Read more about supporting children with a disability as they transition in the early years on the transitions in the early years page.
Check out the resources for educators.