Transition to School Policy

CONTENTS 

  1. Policy Statement
  2. Strategies for Implementation
  3. Legislation and Considerations
  4. Sources and Related Policies

 

  1. POLICY STATEMENT

Starting school is a significant milestone in the life of any child and family. Our service supports continuity of learning and transitions for each child by sharing relevant information, clarifying responsibilities and by developing strategies that support a positive transition to formal schooling. (Standard 6.3)

Our service will liaise with local schools to develop a smooth and comprehensive transition to school program. We will work in collaboration with families to support the individual strengths and needs of each child and provide a high quality program to help children experiencing the transition to formal school.

  1. STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION 

Starting school is a major transition for young children. When children know what to expect they are much more likely to feel confident and happy about starting school.

The Centre’s program assists children to develop the following skills considered useful for engaging positively in the school environment:

  • Concentrating on the task at hand
  • Persevering when faced with difficulties
  • Responding positively to new situations
  • Taking some responsibility for their behaviour as it impacts on others in the group
  • Developing the communication skills necessary for group or individual play
  • Developing positive feelings about themselves and others
  • Experiencing a sense of self satisfaction resulting from achievement
  • Developing a sense of independence.

The Educational Leader will:

  • Establish systems across the Centre to ensure there is continuity of learning when children transition to school.

Educators will:

  • Encourage children to start thinking and talking about school by exploring various elements of the school experience. (e.g. uniforms, eating packed lunches, talking to older children about school and how a school environment is different.)
  • Talk with children about starting school, respecting any concerns and communicating these to families.
  • Communicate with families to ensure the Centre’s program is meeting the individual strengths and needs of the children and families.
  • Consider family priorities and any concerns about the transition process. Each families’ cultural and linguistic needs will be respected, along with family diversity.
  • Develop a program to ensure a smooth transition for children from the Centre to the school environment. The program requires both parent and educator support for the child. This collaboration will ensure the best possible climate for this transition.
  • Consider the individual rest or sleep needs of children in the months leading up to the transition to school and whether a reduction in sleep times may prepare some children for the longer school day routine. Children will continue to have rest periods and quiet activities during the day.
  • Focus on school readiness in all areas of development throughout the day. Children will be encouraged to extend their knowledge via their interests and educators will assist children to challenge their skills regularly.
  • Regularly discuss children’s development and readiness for school with families.
  • Support each family’s decision about when to send children to school, acknowledging the NSW Department of Education and Training’s policy that “children must turn five by July 31 in the year they start Kindergarten. All children in NSW must start school by their sixth birthday”.
  • Develop an information package for families about the transition to school. This will include information on school readiness skills, how to support children and what to expect with the transition process. This package will be reviewed each year to meet the needs of the families and to incorporate updated information from local schools.
  • Be supported to access professional development opportunities to ensure current knowledge and practice regarding transition to school is employed within the Centre.
  • Facilitate relationships and networking with local schools to support children and families with the transition process and to open lines of communication. The importance of school preparation through school visits, orientation days and meeting the Kindergarten teachers will be regularly promoted.
  1. LEGISLATION AND CONSIDERATIONS
  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
  • National Quality Standard for Early Childhood Education and Care 2011
  • Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, Commonwealth of Australia, 2009
  1. SOURCES AND RELATED POLICIES
  • Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd (NSW) – www.ccccnsw.org.au
  • NSW Department of Community Services – School Readiness – www.community.nsw.gov.au/DOCSWR/_assets/main/documents/school_readiness.pdf
  • NSW Public Schools – www.schools.nsw.edu.au/gotoschool/primary/startingschool.php
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth – School Readiness – Various school readiness papers – www.aracy.org.au
  • Interactions with Children 

Policy adopted:            12 March 2015

For review: March 2017

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