The Transition to Primary School program/Kit is designed for educators and families involved in transitioning a child who is deaf or hard of hearing (with any level of hearing loss) into primary school (government, Catholic, or independent). Educators may include early intervention staff, pre-primary early educators (kindergarten teachers), day care or child care staff, classroom teachers, visiting teachers and other professionals involved with the family such as: speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists etc.
The kit is designed to support families and those working with families who are involved in transitioning a child who is deaf or hard of hearing into primary school. It aims to inform those involved about the transition process and the part each need to play to help ensure a positive transition experience for the child and family. The kit aims to highlight important dates within the transition timeline, whilst encouraging strong communication links between the family, school and local community. Partnerships are fostered between these groups, setting the scene for ongoing positive relationships throughout the primary school years.
The Transition to Primary School Program/Kit includes handouts for families, early intervention workers, visiting teachers, and schools to use (These are available to download below). The program/kit includes a Professional Development PowerPoint presentation on CD for teachers of the deaf to present to school staff. In addition, there is a story book about a character called Blue Bear who wears hearing aids and gets ready for his first day at school.
New Blue Bear App
Blue Bear has made it to school! Help him to go to different areas of the school on this interactivbe digital solution
To view the Auslan version of Blue Bear Gets Ready for School: Blue Bear gets ready for school Video
There are downloadable copies of the resources included in the Transition into Primary School kit:
- About Me Book – The About Me book is a template to be filled in either by early intervention workers, kindergartens or families.
- The School Checklist – The School Checklist is for the family to use. It gives possible points to consider when visiting potential schools for their child.
- Top Ten Transition Tips For Families - The Possible Timeline for School Transition document gives a visual plan of a child’s transition to school over a period of five terms – term one the year prior to the child starting school to term one of the year the child starts school.
- The Possible Timeline for School Transition – The Possible Timeline for School Transition document gives a visual plan of a child’s transition to school over a period of five terms – term one the year prior to the child starting school to term one of the year the child starts school.
- Transitioning Student Details – The Transitioning Student Details document is best completed by the family before they attend the Transition Meeting. The family may like to refer to the document during the meeting while discussing the needs of their child.
- The Student Snapshot – The Student Snapshot is a document that can be completed by the child with the family’s assistance. The child can talk about their ‘Snapshot’ with their new classroom teacher.
- Student Support Group (SSG) Meeting – The Student Support Group Meeting (some points to consider) document has been developed to be used alongside the 2013 Student Support Group - Guidelines for Schools and Families from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
- Top Ten Transition Tips for Teachers
- Your Blank Timeline
Primary school kit now in five languages
The Transition to Primary School kit resources can now be downloaded in five languages available on the links below: