Transition to school made easier with a national resource

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Education

Early childhood educators now have access to Australia’s first national resource to help support children’s effective transition to school and school aged care.

The publication, Continuity of Learning – A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care, is a practical guide for early childhood educators who work with children in areas such as long day care, family day care, preschool, school and outside school hours care.
The resource was launched today by Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley who encouraged early childhood educators to use the guide to help adapt their own transition practices.
‘Research shows that a positive transition to school and providing children with a safe, secure and supportive school environment promotes learning, self-confidence, resilience and willingness to attend school,’ Minister Ley said.

The Continuity of Learning booklet and online resource provides a range of creative strategies to help educators in the identification of contextually, culturally and educationally appropriate choices to support the move from child care and early learning to the classroom.

The resource has been developed by experienced early childhood academics, Professor Sue Dockett and Professor Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University, who have both written extensively on educational transitions.

“In developing this resource, our research team has had the privilege of visiting many early childhood settings and schools across the country. In our conversations, we have spoken with children, families, educators and community members - all of whom have been willing to share their experiences and insights,” Professor Dockett said.

A hard copy of the resource will be sent to all child care and early learning services across Australia. It will also be available online through the Department of Education’s website.

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