Supporting early learning transitions – from kindergarten to school

Innovation; News

​​​With their new approach to school transition, Assistant Principal Justine Mackey and Kindergarten Director Susie Rosback are making sure that kindergarten children feel connected, confident and have a strong sense of belonging.

When Justine and Susie first heard about Bastow’s Leading Continuity of Early Learning course, they were convinced the content had been designed just for them.

‘This course was absolutely perfect for us,’ says Justine. ‘There’s so much more we need to do to understand each child’s needs so they’re not starting school with everything feeling completely new.’

Assistant Principal Justine Mackey, Cantebury Primary School
Justine Mackey, Assistant Principal, Canterbury Primary School

The course supports the Victorian Government’s Education State and incorporates AusVELS and key frameworks including the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) to support collaboration between early childhood, schools and education professionals.

As part of their plan to increase the learning continuity between the kindergarten and school, Justine and Susie have introduced regular opportunities for kindergarten children to visit the school, made adjustments to school arrival procedures for prep students, and are supporting the school teachers to rethink their approach to classroom teaching and learning in their Foundation Centre.

‘By creating greater similarities in our teaching methods and the expectations we have of students, the children are finding the transition seamless,’ says Susie.

Justine agrees: ‘What I’ve brought back from this Bastow course has been so valuable and has had an enormous impact on our school. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.’

Applications are now open for Bastow’s Leading Continuity of Early Learning course until 12 August 2016.

​Read more about Justine and Susie’s experience: Leading Continuity of Early Learning - Impact Case Study.