Step up into education is a Queensland Government commitment to better prepare and support children to make the transition to school, and to support parents to become involved in their child's education. Under the Step up into education 2017–2020 initiative,
21 Queensland schools from areas of disadvantage are receiving funding to deliver school readiness and transition initiatives to suit the needs of their local community.
A positive start to school leads to a greater and ongoing connection with school and is linked to positive educational and social outcomes. Children who have a positive start to school are more likely to regard school as an important place, have high expectations regarding their ability to learn and succeed at school with better attendance, achievement and attainment.
Supporting transition to school
The basis of a positive transition to school for all involved is the establishment of collaborative and respectful relationships. During the transition to school
educators have opportunities to build relationships with fellow educators, children, families and communities. For
families, transition provides the opportunity to build connections to the school and the personnel who will support their child in their new learning journey.
Resources have been developed to assist schools, families, educators and teachers (school, kindergarten, child care and Prep) to support children to make successful transitions into Queensland schools.
The department has developed a
statewide approach to successful transitions including a
Supporting successful transitions: school decision-making tool (PDF, 1.6MB). The decision-making tool is a framework for reflection and action. It identifies the principles that underpin effective transitions and the areas of practice that support this process.
Schools are guided by the 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.