To assist selected primary state schools to improve children’s transition from early childhood settings into schooling through a focus on effective partnerships and best practice approaches to early years curriculum and pedagogy.
The initiative supports schools to develop and implement transition programs that build ongoing relationships between early years providers, educators and parents and deliver transition programs to suit the needs of their local communities.
A Statement of Expectations provides guidance to schools on the types of initiatives which may be implemented.
The School Improvement Model provides a common language and process for participating schools to establish and review initiatives during the four year period from 2021–2024.
Step up into Education strategies should be reported in the schools' Annual Implementation Plan.
Duration of program
Selected state primary schools
Allocation of funds
Seven selected Spotlight schools will receive an initial set-up payment of $83,671 in 2021, $81,142 in 2022, $52,942 in 2023 and $45,000 in 2024. An additional seven selected Transition adopter schools will receive a payment of $40,000 in 2023 and $35,000 in 2024.
The seven schools have been selected by a panel comprising of central officers in partnership with regions through an application process. Schools meet specific selection criteria based on data sources, including:
- Australian Early Development Census data
- number of Prep enrolments
- accessibility to and relationships with the kindergarten, Early Years Centre or Children and Family Centre.
How to apply
Schools do not need to apply for funding. Funding is allocated to schools approved under the program and annual payments will automatically be paid to those schools each year.
For further information, please visit
Step up into Education (2021–2024).
State Schools Performance
Telephone: (07) 3513 5826