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Moving to kindergarten

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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.

See further information on ​kindergarten transition statements​.

A Great Start to Kindergarte​n 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​.

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Last updated 23 September 2021