Key elements for planning
1. Information for families to help understand school options
- Talking with professionals who know your child well
- Information booklets
- Transition to school workshops
- Other parents who live in your local area and/or who have a child with a disability
2. Identify key people
- Early childhood intervention (ECI) professionals e.g. special educator, speech pathologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist
- Early childhood education and care (ECEC) professional e.g. preschool teacher, child care worker
- School Principal
- Classroom teacher (if known)
- Special education teacher employed by or connected with the school.
3. Identify key information about your child to share with the new school
- How does your child communicate?
- How do you think your child is feeling about starting school?
- How has your child responded to transitions in the past?
- How does your child move around?
- How does your child manage self-care e.g. eating, drinking and toileting?
- How does your child interact with other children and adults?
- How will we communicate regularly with the teacher?
Click here to download "a snapshot of your child" which you can complete and share.
4. Plot out a timeline for transition planning
- When do any application forms need to be submitted?
- When can you expect to hear from schools about the offer of a place for your child?
- When do any building works applications need to be lodged?
- When do any assessments need to be completed?
- When will orientation begin?
- When will visual supports and or social stories™ be developed?
5. Information for families about the school system
- What do you want and need to know about the school?
- Are there any information sessions arranged for new parents?
- Is there any written material about the school to familiarise parents with routines, rules, equipment and uniforms etc?
6. Ongoing evaluation
- What are two or three initial goals for the transition plan?
- How will your child’s team keep track of how the plan is progressing?
- How will your child’s team know if things are going smoothly?
e.g. feedback from school staff, feedback from visiting ECI professionals, your child’s response, your relationship with the school
- How will we identify strategies to respond to any concerns? Will all members of your team have a way of communicating about this?
Downloadable checklist of things to do in the lead up to school