HAVING a child start school is a time of great excitement, however, it can also bring with it apprehension and anxiety.
A community approach to transitioning to school can provide an important social safety net for parents and their child as they negotiate the sometimes confusing maze that is entry to the school system.
The Early Childhood Network is holding a free Transition to School Expo at Tomaree High School (Multi Purpose Centre) on 30 March at 6.30pm.
The Expo is designed to support parents who have children starting school in 2018 to make informed decisions and meet professionals who will be able to assist them throughout the process.
Local education consultant Wendy Eves said having a successful start to school leads to “more positive life outcomes, both educationally and socially”.
“Having a whole of community approach to transition to school goes a long way to supporting children and families to achieve these positive outcomes,” Ms Eves said.
Community agencies, such as Gan Gan Family Centre based at Anna Bay Public School, provide programs designed to support families through the transition process.
This year Jacqui Orwell from the Gan Gan Centre will be experiencing this transition on two levels.
Jacqui will be supporting other parents and also taking a personal journey as her daughter Tami starts school in 2018.
“Having Tami start school is a big thing for us. As a mum, my hopes are that Tami will be happy and feel safe at school, she will make friends and be a confident learner,” Ms Orwell said.
“We encourage Tami to ask questions about school; we point out the school when we drive or walk by and notice children wearing the school uniform.”
“Mainly we’re just being positive about Tami starting school and enjoying her enthusiasm and excitement, as well as being involved in local transition to school events and activities.”
If you would like more information about the Transition to School Expo or the Early Childhood Network please contact Jacqueline Orwell 4982 1767 or Mandy Moore 4982 0777.
By Jo FINN