3N Key transition points in the schooling years
Foundations for effective transitions to school
Starting school is a rite of passage. It can be a time of great excitement and positive challenge, but it can also bring feelings of anxiety for children. Children’s families may also experience mixed emotions when children transition to formal schooling or into care for the first time. Successful transitions create foundations for long term academic success. Children who have experienced significant disadvantage can be at greater risk of experiencing a less than ideal transition. Secure and strong communal relationships can be viewed as foundational for successful transitions. Empowering all children and families to advocate for children’s existing competencies, cultural heritage and history will enable transitions that fit within a socially just and ethical framework. This presentation will discuss opportunities, aspirations and the evidence base that are the foundations for effective transitions from Kindergarten to school and further, form home to kindergarten. We will share examples of how positive relationships can create positive transitions for all children, and give practical examples of strong practice from an ECEC perspective, including focussing on sharing outcomes from the C&K/Mission Australia Partnership program, Ready together – Transitions to School. This program is in its ninth year and the benefits to community, families and children continue to grow.
Meg Jones has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years. She is currently a Regional Manager with C&K, supporting services in the metropolitan area of Brisbane to achieve strong results for children and families and build strong community partnerships.
Tracy Moir is an Education Practice Advisor with C&K and is passionate about STEM, Technology, and Literacy. Tracy has worked in kindergarten and early years settings and has a strong grounding in partnerships between school and early learning.