Getting ready for school is a long term process. There are a range of strategies and activities that you can put in place with your child to support the successful transition to school.
As you read through the strategies and activities, consider which ones you can put in place at home to support your child. You may also design a range of other strategies and activities with your child's transition team (see the transition planning section for more information) which can be documented in your child's transition plan found in the transition booklet.
Please note, the strategies and activities outlined in this section are general recommendations and may not be suitable for all children and families. Talk with your child's early childhood setting, proposed school or therapist about which strategies might work best in the home setting. A transition team, incorporating the key people involved with your child is recommended to ensure chosen strategies and activities are implemented across all environments.
Strategies and activities may also be adjusted to suit your child's individual needs, strengths and special interests, for example, you might incorporate your child's favourite cartoon character into a story based intervention or use their favourite colour for the backing of a schedule.
The following tip sheets and templates can help prepare your child for school: