Transition to Prep

Transition from Kindergarten

Transition from kindergarten to school is an exciting step for children and parents alike.

 Here are some tips to ensure a smooth beginning to school for you and your child!


  • Ensure that your child has adequate rest. A tired child cannot learn effectively. Many Prep children go to bed at 7.30pm, but needs vary with each individual child.
  • Ensure your child gets to school on time. This will help students feel settled and prepared for the events of the day.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to play and interact with others.
  • Encourage your child to learn their full name, address and telephone number.
  • Foster confidence by giving your child simple duties around the home e.g. setting the table.
  • Teach your child about safety, including road safety and strangers.
  • Select suitable stories, radio, television and video programs.
  • Read with your child every day.
  • Admire the work your child does. Show an interest in your child’s accounts of daily activities.
  • Teach your child to tie their shoelaces and put on their jackets.
  • Show your child how to write their name.
  • Foster independence by encouraging children to carry their own bags, to look after their possessions and to put things back where they belong.
  • Label all items clearly. Check regularly in case of fading or missing labels.
  • Be very patient and understanding if your child comes home tired.
  • Be positive! Speak to your child about what to expect and discuss things they can look forward to doing at school.


Prep Curriculum Overview
What do students in Prep learn?

The Victorian Curriculum
The Victorian Curriculum sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.


At Doncaster Primary School, Through a thematic framework, children learn:

  • To speak to a variety of audiences
  • To actively listen to others
  • To read and write
  • To master mathematical ideas and skills
  • To appreciate their heritage and the natural world in which they live
  • To express themselves through the Arts
  • To understand the importance of regular exercise and the development of good, healthy habits
  • To develop computer skills
  • To be responsible for their behaviour and learning


Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability, Working Mathematically.


Knowledge and Understanding.


The Arts
Creating and Making, Exploring and Responding.


Personal, Social and Community Health


Personal and Social Capability
Self-awareness and Management, Social Awareness and Management


Buddy Program
When your child starts school they are assigned a buddy from grade 4 that is their buddy for three years This gives the children a sense of safety, and social support developing a sense of community and belonging in the school.

The goal is to develop relationships between the younger and older children, enhancing the sense of a friendly and supportive school community. There are benefits for the older buddy in acknowledging their leadership, responsibility and pride in their ability to be helpful. The Doncaster Primary school buddy program includes :

  • teachers that are involved to oversee how the relationships develop and are maintained
  • the older buddy is provided with advice and some ‘training’ on how to be a buddy
  • making sure each buddy plainly understands each other’s role
  • clear processes for determining what to do if the relationship is not working for either party
  • children participating in structured activities together as well as being provided with opportunities to identify other activities they might do with and for each other
  • considering temperaments, styles, gender and other elements when matching buddies.


We pride ourselves in our Buddy Program that has a natural flow on from Prep


Suggestions to Parents

As parents you can also assist the school by observing these few simple suggestions:

  • Be involved and check Compass regularly to keep updated about school events.
  • Clearly name all your child’s belongings.
  • Ensure your child has a good night’s sleep by going to bed on time.
  • Ensure your child gets to school on time. This will help students feel prepared and settled for the events of the day.
  • Send your child to school each day well equipped, on time and in uniform.
  • Keep cars clear of gateways and school crossings.
  • Drop off and pick your child up from their classroom.
  • Notify the school if someone else is picking up your child.
  • Use the fenced pathways
  • Supervise your child until the first school bell rings.
  • Supply easy to eat, nutritious lunches.




Kindergarten to School Transition program 2018

The 2018 program will take place on the mornings of:

  9th November

16th November

23rd November

30th November

  7th December

All sessions will run from 9:15am to 10:30am.

A Prep Information Night for parents will also be held on 6th December to help families prepare for the year ahead.


Children will work in groups during transition sessions and will be introduced to Mathematics and Literacy through fun, hands-on game and activities. Opportunities to work collaboratively with others, socialise and establish friendships will be encouraged throughout the program.


2019 classes will be established based on children’s interactions, alongside the recommendations of kindergartens. Children will have the opportunity to work in their future Prep classes and meet their classroom teacher. To ensure that teachers can cater for students and ensure a smooth and positive start to school, parents will have time to meet individually with their future teachers.