The following resources have been compiled for families seeking further information about starting school.
Books for families on starting school
- Your child’s first year at school. Getting off to a good start: A guide for parents by Jenni Connor and Pam Linke (2012) (Early Childhood Australia and Australian Principals Association)
- Is your child ready for school? A guide for parents by Sandra Heriot and Ivan Beale (2004) (Acer Press)
- Our family is starting school by Bob Perry & Sue Dockett (2006) (Pademelon Press)
Books for children on starting school
- A Special Place by NSW Department of Education and Communities
- Fiona the pig’s big day by L. Hobbs (2008) (Penguin)
- First Day by Margaret Wild and Kim Gamble (1998) (Allen and Unwin)
- Tom goes to kindergarten by Margaret Wild and David Legge (2010) (ABC Books)
- Starting School by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker (2013) (Penguin Books Australia)
- Wombat goes to school by Jackie French and Bruce Whateley (2013) (Angus and Robertson)
International books available in Australia
- Billy and the big new school by Catherine and Laurence Anhold (2009) (Albert and Whitman & Co)
- Buzzy had a little lamb by Harreit Ziefert and Emily Bolam (2005) (Blue apple books)
- Meet the Barkers: Morgan and Moffat go to school by Tommie de Paola (2006) (Penguin)
- Mr Ouchy’s First Day by BG Hennessy (2006) (Putnam)
- When an Elephant Comes to School by Jan Ormerod (2004) (Lincoln)
- Who will go to school today? by Karl Ruhmann (2008) (Michael Neugebauer Book)
- I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child (2007) (Angus and Robertson)
- Starting School by Caryn Jenner and Arthur Robins (2012) (Franklin Watts Ltd)
- Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Clark (2013) (Harper Collins)
- Jellybean Goes to School by Margaret Roc and Laura Hughes (2013) (Tamarind Books)
Children’s activity books
These children’s activity books can be used before, during and after your child has started school. They will help to prepare your child for school and assist them to settle into their new environment.
This book will help your child’s teacher learn more about your child and family before school begins. Print this book in colour so your child can draw about themselves at home. You may then like to pass it onto their primary school teacher.
This book will help your child’s teacher learn more about the early childhood education and care (ECEC) service your child attended. You can insert photographs of things like their educator, friends and what they like to play. Print the book and pass it onto your child’s primary school teacher.
This book is about helping your child prepare for starting school. Print out the activity book in colour for your child to draw pictures, or you may like to paste in photographs. It will help your child familiarise themselves with the new routine, environment and teachers at school. Read this book regularly with your child in the lead up to starting school.
A range of Australian Federal Government and non-government organisation resources are available online.
Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital
Women and Children’s Health Network
- From kindergarten to school: laying foundations for future learning
- Getting ready for school: Working with kindergarten programs and schools
Vision Australia has information on transition to school for all children and includes information for children who are blind or have low vision.
Early Childhood Australia
State and territory government department websites
State and territory government websites have varying amounts of information on starting school and transition. Whilst some of this information is specific to government schools in their particular state or territory, often the information is useful for families in other states and territories and non-government schools as well.
Australian Capital Territory
ACT Department of Education and Training has information for parents and carers with children starting school including the booklet Starting School – A Guide for Parents. Other information includes directory of schools, term dates, curriculum, and disability education.
New South Wales
NSW Department of Education and Training has a section with information on transition to school and also has a booklet called 'Time to start school – Family guide to starting kindergarten' with tips from other parents, teachers, principals and early childhood specialists.
NT Department of Health and Families has a tip sheet library which includes a starting school leaflet.
QLD Department of Education and Training has information on preparing for school, and includes a Set for Prep kit with a number of information sheets for parents and carers.
SA Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service – Parenting and Child Health has a section with information on starting school and includes the topics of preparing for school, once at school, starting school can be stressful, listing resources in South Australia.
SA Ministerial Advisory Committee: Students with disabilities has Transition Guidelines, a document containing information to assist children with a disability or additional needs to transition during early childhood care and education
TAS Department of Education website contains information for parents, carers and the community.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development starting school page contains specific information about the transition to school in Victoria.
The WA Department of Education resource schools and you includes information for parents, carers about starting school.