More than 90 parents, teachers and early learning educators attended a free information evening last week about making the transition to school easier. Upper Hunter Shire Council hopes to make it an annual event.
Guest speaker Dr Cathie Harrison, an adviser on childhood education, gave a presentation on “Creating Positive Pathways for Children’s Successful School Learning and Experiences”. Earlier Dr Harrison also gave a workshop specifically for child care service educators and primary school teachers.
The Transition to School event was a community initiative by Council in collaboration with local Early Childhood Services, local schools and with support from Godolphin, held on Thursday 4 August 2016 at the Upper Hunter Shire Council Administration Centre, Scone.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Children and Youth Services Coordinator Kim Hartmann said there was positive feedback from parents and educators about the event.
“It was exciting to have so many early childhood services, schools, and families come together to focus on our young children,” Ms Hartmann said.
“This was the first collaborative school transition evening and people are enthusiastic about making is an annual event.
“A key message was the importance of strong relationships between all stakeholders in supporting successful school transitions.
“Dr Harrison is so passionate and knowledgeable, and we were privileged to have her share messages about the immense value of play in children’s early learning, and in establishing social and emotional dispositions that help set them up for school adjustment.”
“Dr Harrison also shared some research insights from early educators, teachers and children on their perceptions of starting school.
“Lastly we unashamedly accepted an offer from Cathie on her Play School connection – there will be some very excited children receiving Play School Cards in the (snail) mail any day!”
Upper Hunter Shire Council
Phone: 02 6540 1100
Fax: 02 6545 2671
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.