Transition is a term to describe movement through the different stages in your child’s education.
This includes moving from home to early childhood education, from Pre-primary to Year 1, from primary to secondary school and finally onto further study, work or training.
There are other recognised periods of transition including moving from one school to another or moving between the years of secondary school such as from Yr 10 to Yr 11.
All of these periods of transition involve a certain level of emotional and practical adjustment for you, your child and your family and may result in your child experiencing some uncertainty and anxiety.
Depending on the transition, your child may have to deal with issues such as separation from you or siblings (when they start school), adjust to learning in a structured environment (when they progress to Year 1) and learning to adjust to a number of different teachers (when they go to secondary school).
Being prepared will make the transition easier on your child. Know the transport options, have uniforms organised and get stationery and books early so that you have time to label everything and your child can get comfortable with any new equipment.
Get your child comfortable with the new school environment. Their school may have organised an orientation program, but if they haven’t, make an appointment with the school for you and your child to visit. Make sure your child knows where they can store their belongings, eat their lunch and where the toilets are.
Understand that your child may experience peer pressure, fear of failure or be very keen to follow a dream. Try to allow your child to become part of the decision-making process in his or her school environment.