‘Transition from Early Childhood Education to School’, analysing research literature about the issue in New Zealand, 2010.
WAPA 2020 Schooling Sector Learning Plan
The development of the Waitakere Area Principals’ Association Learning Plan began in 2006, in response to the Waitakere City Council’s vision for an Education Plan to support their strategic goal ‘to enhance the well-being of children in Waitakere City’.Waitakere principals, through WEST (Waitakere Education Sector Trust), took part in an exercise to create a vision statement for Education in the Waitakere area – starting with the five year old students entering our schools in 2007, who would be leaving our secondary schools in 2020. During 2008 a team of seven Waitakere principals, with support from the University of Auckland and Unitec, developed a plan to implement a two-year Pilot Project. Sixteen schools chose to be part of the initial WAPA 2020 Plan. Initially driven by the need to address the high number of students not achieving in NCEA across our region, the global goal for the WAPA 2020 Learning Plan was to“raise achievement across the Waitakere area” through the development of systemic, collaborative, sustainable cluster initiatives.The WAPA 2020 Pilot Project developed three strands – Student Achievement, Leadership and Transition. Specific goals for each strand included:
• Improving leadership capacity in our schools
• Improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools, using 21st Century digital technology
• Developing more effective links across the schooling sector and with our communities
WAPA 2020 Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Charles Sturt University, N.S.W, Australia Has developed some key documents such as the Transition School transition poster [pdf]; Facilitating children’s transition to school within families with complex support needs; [pdf]; Narratives of Transition- Charles Sturt University [pdf];
“Crossing the border” by Sally Peters, has been written for early childhood education and primary school teachers who are interested in the transition from ECE to school. How to provide continuity and build connections between the two sectors has always been a focus for teachers, but up until now there has been little advice as to exactly what this means in practice. This book offers valuable insights into the ways in which one community negotiated this transition. It provides practical suggestions for schools and early childhood centres and analysis of of the issues involved in their implementation.
My Child Without Limits United States forum with some good information on transition. My Child Without Limits was created in 2009 through a collaboration of parents, medical professionals and service providers with a common goal of providing important information to parents and caregivers. Several committees were created in the process where individuals gave their time and expertise to provide the information important to you.