The aim of this program is to support children with their transition to primary school. School entry involves a key transition for all children. This transition is not just to school, but from home, childcare, preschool and kindergarten. It is a transition from small-scale to large-scale interactions, from highly personalised to less personalised relationships, and from environments with a limited range of ages to an institution with children of many ages. It is also a transition to a different learning, education and care paradigm.
How well children are prepared for this transition is important as it impacts on their long-term outcomes. In our clinic work every year we see an influx of children who have not transitioned well into prep.
Primary audience: children transitioning to prep.
Additional training and support are available for parents, educators and other early childhood professionals.
Delivery mode: direct model.
We use an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge. This program has been created with input from a multi-disciplinary team of allied health practitioners (counsellors, psychologists and occupational therapists) and is implemented by accredited mental health professionals and qualified educators who work with children in a group setting to support the transition into school. The program focuses on enhancing and supporting children’s communication, language, social and emotional wellbeing, access and inclusion.