7 Ways To Help Your Child Transition from Toddlers to Kindergarten Unit at First Class

First Class Education and Care is a relational childcare centre in Bethlehem with an emphasis on creative/performing arts. Parents love our peaceful and nurturing toddlers unit. We care for children 6 mths – 5 yrs.

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Let’s face it. Change can be both exciting and scary, and often at the same time!

Progressing from the First Class Education and Care Infants and Toddlers Unit to the Kindergarten Unit is one of the first major transitions your child will face in their life.

The infants and toddlers side is peaceful and nurturing, and if your child has been there since they were a baby they will have close bonds with the teachers.  The kindergarten side is bigger and more adventurous and calls children into greater independence.

As teachers we treat each child as an individual and do lots of work with your child to make this transition smooth and positive.

As the parent, you have an important part to play in reassuring your child throughout this transition and helping them to establish a sense of security and attachment in the kindergarten unit.



Here are six things you can do to help your child to navigate this transition positively.

1. Be Positive

Your child will take their cues about this change from you. On an intuitive level “Mum and Dad think this is okay” lays the foundation for  “I think this is okay.”  If you communicate anxiety about the change, they will often pick up on this and be unsettled themselves. On the other hand, if you are positive and open to the new possibilities of the change, your child will draw strength and confidence from you.

2. Visit The Kindergarten Unit With Your Child

It is very helpful for you to visit the kindergarten unit with your child to positively reinforce the new space.  There are lots of fun things to play with which are a great draw-card!  Treat the kindergarten unit like the scene of a fun new adventure. You can explore together the art materials freely available (complete with hot glue guns!), the carpentry tables, the tree house, the mud-pit and the family play-room. By focussing on the fun new activities available you will help to make the kindergarten side more enticing.

3. Read the Photo Book Together

We have a photo book in the Kindergarten side which helps to orient your child to the way things are done.  The photos introduce your child to important everyday concept showing things like ‘This is where we eat’, ‘This is the water-cooler where you can get a drink’, ‘This is where you wash your hands.’  It also explains the daily routine.  The better your child knows what to expect the more settled he or she will be.

4. Get To Know The Kindergarten Teachers

We have a familiar teacher from the Infants & Toddlers Unit take your child to Kindergarten side and spend time with them – as often as your child needs to feel comfortable. It helps hugely if you also come and meet the kindergarten teachers with your child and get to know them.  Your child will have become very bonded with their early teachers to it is important to help them to transfer their attachments to their new teachers.  You can help this to occur by relating positively with the teachers in front of your child and affirming the teacher when you are speaking to your child.


5. Be Clear About The New Home Base

Once your child has officially transferred to the kindergarten roll, it is important to put their picture up (our ‘checking-in’ mechanism) and their bag up in the kindy side.  Even if they go and visit the Infants & Toddlers unit for a while when they first arrive in the early days, by putting their belongings in the Kindergarten you will help your child to know where their new home base is.

6. Communicate Your Concerns

We want you to feel comfortable to talk about any issues, or concerns with our teachers.  We are here to help and we have helped families work through many transitions in our time!

7. Be Positive

We can’t stress this one enough, which is why this message occurs at the both the beginning and end of this list! You will likely have some emotions of your own to process about this transition.  That is perfectly okay and understandable.  However, you will serve your child best by being careful to process those emotions with other adults and to keep your communication with your child positive and reassuring.

You may also like to read:  The Art of Transitioning Well  | How To Manage Your Own Emotions and Model Healthy Transitions For Your Preschooler



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First Class Education and Care is a relational childcare centre in Bethlehem with an emphasis on creative/performing arts. Parents love our peaceful and nurturing toddlers unit. We care for children aged 6 months – 5 years. 30 hours FREE ECE.

When you visit First Class Education and Care you’ll find happy children in a nurturing environment, enjoying genuine relationships with caring teachers who facilitate creative play and quality learning experiences.

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