A brains trust will be put together to create a smoother transition from kindergarten to school for Queensland children.
The early childhood working group will look at ways to improve the partnership between parents and teachers.
“We want to give all young Queenslanders the very best start to their education,” Education Minister Kate Jones said.
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“At the end of every year, our kindergarten teachers, parents and children develop a transition statement together to provide a snapshot of a child’s progress during Kindy,” Ms Jones explains.
Transition statements contain information about each child in the five learning and development areas of the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline.
This includes the child’s sense of identity and ability to act independently; their connectedness to their world and relationships with others; their wellbeing and ability to positively interact with others; their involvement in the learning process; and their ability to communicate.
At the moment, these transition statements are given to parents or carers to pass on to their child’s new school, to help their Prep teacher plan for the child’s ongoing learning and development.
“I have asked my department to work in partnership with the early childhood sector and our schools to explore ways to make it easier for families to share transition statements with their child’s school,” Ms Jones said.
“We want to investigate ways to improve access to these statements and promote greater awareness of their usefulness for schools and families.”
The early childhood working group is expected to report its findings to Minister Jones by June.