Queensland Government says enthusiasm is key in supporting school transitions
With many Queensland children preparing to start school next week, and with other children changing year levels, or moving from primary school to high school, Queensland Education Minister, Grace Grace, has said talking enthusiastically about school, setting-up routines and practicing travelling to and from school are three ways for parents and early childhood education and care (ECEC) professionals to prepare their children for the start of school next week.
“The start of the new school year is an exciting time for children and we want them to feel welcome, safe and confident, and to develop a lifelong love of learning,” Ms Grace said.
She added that no matter what year level a student is entering in 2019, parents and ECEC professionals can help them look forward to the change and settle into their classes by initiating positive conversations.
“For children and families engaging with the school system for the first time, it is important to get children into the routine of the school day and, if they haven’t already, share their child’s kindy transition statement with their new school, to help support a positive start to their continued learning.”
“It may not sound important, but it’s also a great idea to practise travelling to-and-from school before the first day of the school year to ensure the safety and reliability of the route for the mode of transport being used.” Ms Grace said.
To further support families and ECEC professionals, Ms Grace recommended the Queensland Department of Education and The Early Years Count websites, which ‘feature some engaging tools for children and resources for parents and carers.’ She also recommended that parents and carers review the school’s website, saying they may also find useful information there about uniform shop opening hours, the tuckshop, school activities and calendars, and positive behaviour expectations”
The Queensland Department of Education also offers a secure online parent portal and app called QParents which allows parents to access information about their child’s education and communicate directly with their school. Schools using QParents can share information with parents and carers about their child’s attendance, behaviour, assessment, timetable and events.