Supporting children & families in the transition to school

Supporting children & families in the transition to school

Katey De Gioia

Starting school is one of the many transitions in the lives of children and families. However, sometimes families are worried about what they can do to support their children during this time. This presentation will provide tips and strategies to assist children and families; from sharing the role of children's play in developing lifelong skills to discussing the importance of communication, this session will enable parents to feel confident in what they are doing and provide additional ideas which are part of everyday life in supporting their children in the transition to school.

This session is suitable for families and educators working in the prior to school setting. Educators will be provided with strategies which can be used in their settings and information which can be shared with families.

Convenor Profile

Dr Katey De Gioia is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University. She lectures in Professional Experience across postgraduate and undergraduate units which encompass both the prior to school and school sectors. Before joining the Institute of Early Childhood, Katey was the transition from home to school facilitator for the NSW Department of Education and Training. She worked across 5 local government areas enabling connections between prior to school settings, schools and communities to support children and families transitioning into school. More recently she has been involved in two consultations for the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training; A Positive Start to School. Supporting Reciprocal Visits by Educators and the statewide  Evaluation of Transition: A Positive Start to School Initiative . Katey's research work is underpinned by the importance of partnerships and relationships. Her areas of interest include transition into educational settings for children and families from immigrant and refugee backgrounds and practitioner enquiry; teachers' practices as key in outcomes for children and families in the early years of school.

Event Details

Date: TBA
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: X5B, Room 292 Macquarie University
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Early Bird Registration $xx.xx pp Full Registration $xx.xx per person


Contact: Sally Thompson on (02) 9850 9882 and fax your registration form to (02) 9850 9887 or scan and email your registration form and send to Cheques to be made out to Macquarie University. Post your registration and cheque to:
CFRC,  C/- S Thompson, Building X5B, Room 221
Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW 2109
For more information & RSVP
Email: or Tel: 98509882

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