prep transition programs

Our Prep Transition Program is the beginning of your child's journey to school, where they will have many opportunities to learn about our school and begin settling in.

At Stockdale Road Primary School we run an extensive transition program aimed at making your child's pathway from pre-school to school a seamless experience. Our goal is to have students who feel happy, safe and excited about school from day one of the school year.

To accomplish this we offer the opportunity for you and your child to become familiar with the school in a number of ways.

pre-school visits

Once enrolments begin members of our prep team will make visits to your child in their pre-school setting. Our Transition Leaders will accompany staff members into the pre-school centres.

The Transition Leaders will be on hand during your child's Term 4 transition visits to provide a familiar face and support to the new preps. These older children will become a support and 'buddy' for your child. We have found this to be a wonderful way to build relationships between our new students and the senior students of the school.


informal outdoor sessions

In Term 3 we provide two Outdoor Play Sessions where you can become familiar with and play in the outdoor playgrounds and learning environments. Parents are required to stay at these sessions. You will meet other new parents and our current Prep (foundation) teachers.

Families who have enrolled for the following year will be contacted regarding dates for these visits.

transition sessions for enrolled children

At Stockdale Road Primary School we place a strong importance on ensuring our children feel happy, safe and excited about school. Our Prep Transition Program is the beginning of your child's journey to school, where they will have many opportunities to learn about our school and begin settling in.

The transition from kindergarten and pre-school into Prep is a very important time for all children. It is our responsibility to make this transition as seamless as possible for each and every child that begins school at Stockdale Road Primary. As each child has a unique set of abilities, needs, and attitudes towards learning this means that the transition to school will be different depending on the individual.

In Term 4 our formal Transition Sessions for enrolled students will occur.  During this time the children will be involved in activities that will familiarise them with the school in general. It will also provide a wonderful opportunity for the children to get to know the teachers and each other.

While the children are busy exploring the school, you are invited to attend our Parent Information Sessions. These sessions are a great way to access all the information you will need to know about starting school and the education of your child at Stockdale Road Primary School. It will also provide you with the opportunity to get to know other parents in a relaxed setting over afternoon tea and a chat.

The date for Transition Sessions are as follows (each session will start at 2:30 and finish at 3:30):

Friday 8th November 2019                Friday 15th November 2019

Friday 22nd November 2019             Friday 29th November 2019

Orientation Day is on Tuesday 10th December (9:30-10:30am).

If you would like a school tour please telephone us on (03) 5174 1607, ask to speak to one of our office staff.


school readiness

As parents you may have many questions about whether your child is ready for school or if they may benefit from another year in pre school. Your trained professional Pre School teacher will give you the best advice if you are considering this option.

Please refer to the links below where you will find further information:

Is your child ready for school?

Transition: A Positive Start to School

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's school readiness and transition, please speak to your Kinder teacher.

Children may be ready for school when they:

  • Separate easily from parent/ carer at preschool drop off
  • Independently make a decision of where they are going to work or play
  • Self initiate, engaging and sustain engagement (6-8 minutes), have the skills to solve basic problems and ask for help from the educator if needed
  • Work and play besides other children
  • Have basic independence skills (able to put shoes and socks on, jumper on, toileting independently)
  • Sit with the group (eg. mat time) and remain focused, ask questions and answer questions from the Educator at pre-school
  • Self regulate their emotional response when they need to do something they don't want to (eg. don't tantrum when it is time to pack up)

    (Early Life Foundations - School Readiness Fact Sheet)


grade six transition

Our students transition to a number of secondary settings and we are in regular contact with these schools during their transition process.