2H Key transition points in the schooling years


Jane Harpley,
C&K Association

Chris Hanrahan,
Napranum Pal Group

Leichan Williams,
Boopa Werem Community Kindergarten

Wednesday November 21 2018

Time: 4:20pm – 4:50pm

Room: Rosser Theatre

2H Key transition points in the schooling years

Key Transition points in a Child’s life



This session will explore factors around children’s transition between home, kindergarten and then kindergarten to school, including the unique context of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children who may be experiencing vulnerability. The presentation will also explore factors around participation and attendance.

Our workshop presentation examines the practical approaches of working with and alongside our families, children, schools and community partners in the crucial transition between home and kindergarten. We will present a successful practical example which has taken time in the planning of a solid partnership between a school and C&K kindergarten in Mount Isa, whilst also looking at a kindergarten in Cairns where families (a child’s first and lifelong teacher), are engaged in our program with the implementation of a reading program called PaL Parents and Learning.

Strategies have been implemented to ensure the transitions not only between home and kindergarten but throughout a child’s life, are part of the child’s authentic journey. At every transition point, the family feel supported and part of the broader kindergarten and school family. This community approach has been tested and the results compelling. This presentation will also explore factors around the participation of all children in Early Childhood Programs.

Our presentation demonstrates practical approaches in working with and teaching alongside our families and community partners in the crucial transition from home to kindergarten. Practical examples will be unpacked and shared, that acknowledge always our families as their child’s first and lifelong teacher.


Jane has been involved in the sector for over 25 years in both teaching and overseeing the implementation of quality early learning and care. Jane began her career working as a room leader in a Nursery however, she quickly moved onto the role of Director and then Area Manger a role she fulfilled for over 13 years. Jane advocates for the rights of children to be provided with high quality education and care, and has a genuine interest in social and emotion wellbeing programs that enhance positive outcome for children. Jane is currently the Regional Manager for C&K, a role she has held since 2015. Jane’s proudest achievement is being a mother of 2 delightful children.