When young children begin school there are many unfamiliar experiences that they encounter. Along with different settings, there are many new children who all seem bigger and more confident; there are friends to make and a number of new adults to get to know.
Young children have different expectations of their first school experience and may become overwhelmed by the number of new events in their day. Playtimes, more structured learning sessions, needing to remain within their class are some points of difference for many students to their preschool experiences.
Young children often become very tired. Whilst many children look forward to school and the excitement of new learning, others are more tentative. It is important that parents and the school work closely together to ensure the best possible start for all children.
It is a good idea to familiarise your child with the route to school, perhaps walk through the school on a weekend. You will receive a letter detailing transition visits that your child will be able to attend before they begin. When you visit each time, remind your child where the toilet is, what they have in their school bag and who will collect them.
Your child will need to manage some basic care – be able to go to the toilet unassisted and know how to ask to go; know what they have for recess and for lunch and how to unpack their food; and put their own belongings in their bag.
Your child’s teacher will be the best person to talk with about how your child is managing their transition to school. Immediately before or after school is usually a busy time for your child’s teacher therefore it’s best to ask for a mutually convenient time to discuss your child’s schooling.
In South Australia, public primary schools have one intake date, this means:
- If your child turns five years before 1 May they can start primary school the first day of term 1 of that year.
- If your child turns five on or after 1 May they can start primary school the first day of term 1 of the following year.
The one intake date means every child has four terms of pre-schooling and reception before starting the rest of their schooling. Your child must be at school by their sixth birthday – this is the compulsory school starting age.
At Richmond Primary School we have developed a transition program that will help to prepare children by gradually allowing them to ease into school routines. Your child’s class teacher will also meet with the Preschool directors from where our newly enrolled children have attended. Once you have filled out your child’s enrolment form you will receive a letter detailing;
- Dates and times for Transition School Visits
- What your child will need to bring with them.
After beginning school, your child will be given a document folder by their teacher. This will include a Communication Book that can be used for notes between home and school and school/class notices. Your child’s reader and sight words will also be put in this folder for use at home. Your child will also require a school bag, a school hat, recess and lunch – if ordering lunch, place lunch bag, clearly named including money in the classroom lunch container. Please remember that we are a ‘Nut Aware’ school and that we do not allow nuts or food containing nuts at our school.
Information for families about starting school and other school related matters can be found at:
Raising a complaint with the Department of Education for Child Development
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