Printable Resources

Morning and Evening Routine

A consistent morning and evening routine helps to enhance independence and lays the foundations for a smooth transition to and from school.

Social Stories

Social Stories provide opportunities to discuss and learn about basic social rules, school rules and teacher expectations. These can be used with the Transition to School Communication Dice when rolling and talking about the questions.

How to make a friend – Starting school is a perfect opportunity for young children to make new friends. Many children require support to initiate conversation and play with their peers. This social story provides suggestions of how to do exactly that!

Personal Space Personal Space can be challenging for some children. This social story can support children to respect others’ personal boundaries, an important consideration when entering into a new environment and developing positive relationships with others.

FeelingsStarting school can generate lots of different feelings and emotions. This social story expose children to different feelings helping them to develop an understanding of their own feelings allowing them to communicate their needs, self-regulate, recognise those of others and be a good friend.

Being CalmAt school children are responsible for their own choices and behaviour. Help your child develop strategies and explore different ways to calm down when in a heightened state. Encourage your child to use these strategies both at home and in the community.

WaitingWaiting does not come naturally to all children, however when they begin school there are multiple times throughout the day that they will have to wait. Help your child develop strategies for waiting and practise these in the comfort of your own home or out and about in the community.

Communication Dice

Provides opportunities for children to start thinking about school and ask questions. Create dice.


Following a recipe has endless educational benefits for children! Some of these include enhancing a child’s literacy and numeracy skills as they follow the instructions and measure the ingredients whilst having FUN!

Paint and Play dough Spend some one on one time making paint or creating playdough with your child. These experiences are not only fun, they will also enhance creativity and strengthen finger / wrist muscles, fundamental aspects of learning.

Chicken and Corn soup and Meatloaf– Involve your child when preparing or cooking a meal. Sharing the experience is much more fun and can enhance numeracy and literacy skills, patience, independence and self esteem.

Letters and Numbers

These sheets have been created using the NSW Foundation Dots Numbered Font. If children are interests in tracing letters and numbers these teach the correct starting and finishing points.

Billy Backpack

Billy Backpack Challenge Cards – consists of 52 practical experiences that can be done in and out of the home to prepare your child for school.

Drawing Activity Page 

Tracing Activity Page 


Alphabet and Numbers 

Starting School by Big Fat Smile

This booklet includes hints and tips for school readiness activities and assessing whether a child is ready for school, as well as information on immunisation, healthy lunches, outside school hours care and more. A handy month-by-month checklist also outlines key dates for the year before your child starts school.

Children’s Books

A Special Place by NSW Department of Education, 2015

“Do you know the special place I am thinking of?” Join other children your age on an adventure to a special place where there is magic in every moment.

Starting School by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

YouTube- Story Box Library

Join Wynn, Izzy, Sumedha, Alfie and Hugo as they reflect on their first year of school, give a little bit of advice to those who are starting out and read along to Starting School by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker.

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

YouTube Link

Starting School is easy and fun with Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s picture-book classic. From first-day nerves to finding your peg, this helpful and reassuring read is full of humour for children and parents alike.

Research – uploaded by year




2019 –

  • Term 1 – Tuesday 29 January to Friday 12 April
  • Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
  • Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
  • Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December

2020 –

  • Term 1 Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 9 April
  • Term 2– Monday 27 April to Friday 3 July
  • Term 3– Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
  • Term 4– Monday 12 October to Friday 18 December




2019 – Transition to School – A collaborative effort

2019 – Successful Transitions –

2019 – Kids Sense – School Readiness


2018 – Kids Matter – Thinking about Transition to School

2018 – Department of Education Transition to School Information –