Transition to primary school
Starting primary school is a big step. Learn how to help your child be ready for the change.
Being ready for school
School readiness is more than being able to read, write and do basic maths. Rather, it’s as much about developing a child’s:
- social and emotional skills to get along with others
- physical capabilities, like improving hand/eye coordination, and performing more complex craft activities
- communication and cognitive abilities to follow instructions and express their needs.
According to the NSW Department of Education, research and evidence suggests that a successful transition to primary school helps improve children’s educational and social outcomes.
Find out more about orientation and transition to kindergarten activities at NSW Department of Education.
Going from preschool to kindergarten
Preschools can play a big part in developing school readiness. At preschool your child can learn through play, make friends, and develop responsibility, independence and confidence.
Additionally, most primary schools offer a transition program. This might be several sessions a week over several weeks or a full term in the lead up to them starting school. Check while enrolling what and when any transition programs are held.
Transition type programs can often help future students:
- feel more confident about the step up to primary school
- make new friends and expand their social interaction skills
- become more familiar and comfortable with new surroundings and routines.
Find information and resources to make the transition to primary school easier at the NSW Department of Education.