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Starting at a new school

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Is your child starting a new school next year?

New school checklist

Visit the new school.

Meet the teachers.

Prepare for new routines.

Families play an important role in supporting a child's transition to school for the first time, or to a new school.

What can families do to prepare?

Whether a child is starting Prep, advancing to high school or moving to a new school, there are many things that families can do to help make a child or teen's transition successful including:

  • getting to know as much about the school as they can
  • talking with their child about school
  • taking their child to the school to meet the teachers and to find out where things are
  • making sure their child knows the transport arrangements for getting to and from school
  • getting to know other families with children who will be in the same class as their child
  • if appropriate, ensuring their child knows how before and after school hours care will work
  • answering their child's questions about school
  • always being positive and realistic about school.

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Last updated 15 October 2020