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Professional learning to support transition to school

Supporting children’s positive transition to primary school is always critical however, due to COVID-19 related disruptions, it's even more vital this year.

Webinars – Importance of transition to school in a time of COVID-19

These webinars helped teachers to understand why transition to school is important, what effective transition processes look like, and things to consider when adapting or establishing transition to school programs this year 2020.

The webinars ran in Term 3 and were delivered by experienced facilitators with early childhood and school expertise.

For early childhood

Slides from the presentation are also available:

For schools

Slides from the presentation are also available:

Workshops - Writing Transition Learning and Development Statements in a time of COVID-19

Knowing what information to include in a Transition Learning and Development Statement (TLDS) and how to write statements using a strength-based approach will support improved continuity of learning for all children transitioning into primary school.

These 90-minute workshops, facilitated by early childhood experts and designed for early childhood teachers responsible for writing TLDS, went through the sections of the TLDS and provided guidance on what information should be included as well as how best to write it. These workshops also covered how and where to incorporate information on the impacts of COVID-19 on a child’s learning continuity.

Slides from the workshops that occurred in September and October 2020 are available below:

If you have any questions, contact psts@education.vic.gov.au

Workshops – Maximising transition and utilising the TLDS in a time of COVID-19

Workshops for Foundation teachers on how to maximise transition to school processes and best use the TLDS to inform planning for children starting school the following year were held in November 2020. 

The 90-minute workshops, facilitated by early childhood and school transition experts, covered key elements to achieving effective transitions, resources available to support transition processes, and the key components of the TLDS, with particular attention to translating TLDS information into actions, such as classroom set-up, establishing relationships and play-based learning.

Online TLDS training and support

The State Library of Victoria also provides technical support for use of the Online TLDS tool.

Visit the State Library of Victoria Online TLDS website for further information and support. This includes TLDS Support Videos and TLDS tip sheets.

Kindergarten staff can also access the State Library of Victoria Online TLDS helpdesk by contacting:

Bastow - Continuity of Early Learning course

Continuity of Early Learning focuses on strengthening the partnerships with the biggest impact on children’s transition to school – those between schools, early childhood services and parents.

With an emphasis on supporting children and families experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage, this course, offered through the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership, explores evidence-based practices for leading continuity of learning and development, how teams can implement these practices in their context, and strategies to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The 3-day course is designed for teams of staff from primary schools, outside-school-hours care, early childhood services and support services – particularly those supporting transitions to school.

All spaces in the 2020 cohorts are currently booked out.

For further information and to register your interest in taking part in the course in 2021, visit Continuity of Early Learning.

Ready to Step Up - transition information sessions for parents and carers 

Free online information sessions for parents and carers of kindergarten children on supporting their child make a positive start to school in 2021 are being delivered in local areas by allied health providers during Term 4.

These sessions will address questions parents and carers may have about their child’s readiness to start school in 2021. Information on sessions available in their local area has been provided directly to early childhood services by regional staff, to promote to parents and carers.

If you have any questions on these sessions, email psts@education.vic.gov.au

More information

If you have any queries related to professional learning to support transition to school, email psts@education.vic.gov.au

Reviewed 17 February 2021

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