Pride in Performance

Dandenong Primary School

Prep Transition Dates for 2017

A supportive program that helps the smooth transition of preschool children into their future primary school life.

Our transition dates for 2017

10 August 2017   2.30pm - 3.30pm

7 September 2017   2.30 - 3.30pm

19 October 2017    1.30pm - 3.30pm

9 November 2017    1.30pm - 3.30pm

23 November 2017    1.30pm - 3.30pm

5 December 2017    9.10am - 10.40am

9 November 2017     1.30pm - 3.30pm

Your Child's First Year of School

We all make 'transitions' in our lives. We move house, take up new jobs, change friendship groups and go into new environments. Sometimes we feel confident about these new changes; sometimes we are anxious about how we may be viewed by others and how we will fit in.  

By the time they are getting ready to go to school, five-year-olds will have experienced various changes and transitions. They may have gone with their parent to a playgroup, attended a local childcare or preschool service or been in family day care. In these situations they may have had to deal with new adults and other children, move between rooms and carers, separate from siblings or friends and adjust to new challenges and expectations. Each child responds differently to such changes and each child will deal differently with the transition into school. What is special about 'school' is that there is a much bigger group of children of different ages and quite definite rules and ways of doing things; children need help to adjust to this very different place: 

As a parent, therefore, it's important to think ahead to what it may be like for your child and how to prepare them for this big new world. As the national early childhood initiative KidsMatter (KidsMatter Transition to School: Parent Initiative, Parent and Carer Booklet 1) explains: 'Starting primary school is an important time for children and their families. Children who make a positive start to school are more likely to feel: 

Schools create 'a sense of belonging' when they take the time to get to know each child and the family that is an important part of their identity and security. Parents encourage 'a sense of belonging' when they take the time to get to know the school, their child’s teacher and find out how things are done in that place. 

From Your Child's First Year at School: Getting Off to a Good Start