Have fun preparing for school

There are many ways as a parent or carer that you can help your child transition to school.

We’ve put together some fun activities, tips and advice that you can use at home to make this an exciting time for your child.

For a fun way to start thinking about school, you can use the chatterbox to decide which activities to try first.

It might be practising taking on and off their shoes, drawing a map from home to school or talking about how to make friends with other kids starting school.

Talking about what to expect can help your child feel more comfortable transitioning to school.

If you have older siblings, encourage them to get involved in helping your child prepare with each activity too!

You can download the chatterbox here in 21 different languages.

Starting school game
Download and play the Starting school game with your child to support their transition.

The game includes 34 playing cards and instructions for bingo, go fish, memory and snap. It also has an information booklet for parents, which provides strategies to support the transition to Prep.

Information for families
Read the information for families fact sheet for more information about supporting your child at this important time in their lives.

More resources
Jump over to the Early Childhood Education and Care website and download the full range of transition resources to help your child and family enjoy a great start to school.

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Published — 31 August 2016 Last updated — 14 June 2018