Information for educators
The transition to school is an opportunity for families and prior-to-school and school educators, to work together to make school, including the environment and the expectations, comfortable and familiar for incoming children.
Transition to school programs help to build positive relationships between families, early childhood services, schools and communities, resulting in better adjustments in the first years of schooling, a reduction in behavioural difficulties, improved social skills, and ultimately improved academic outcomes.
What makes a successful transition to school program?
There are five key elements associated with successful transition to school programs: orientation, transition, school readiness and capacity building, parental engagement, and partnerships and relationships.
Parental engagement and partnerships and relations between stakeholders underpin and support these elements. Education Queensland's Parent and Community Engagement Framework outlines the importance of engaging with parents and the community to improve student levels of achievement and describes principles underpinning effective engagement.
Schools are guided by the Supporting successful transitions - school decision making tool when providing transition programs. In particular, see the example strategies and actions listed on page 15 to inform decision-making and note the strategies identified as outside the scope of state schools and not viable options for school communities.