Te tīmata o te haere ki te kura
The first day of school is a big event for a child and the weeks that follow can have a significant effect on their future learning. A successful partnership between all the adults involved that is respectful of the child and recognises an individual's capabilities and competence as a learner will make a big difference to this stage of the learning journey.
How Schools Work
The Parents Section on the Ministry of Education website has a good collection of useful information for parents about choosing and starting school.
Starting School: Special Education Needs
Starting School is a resource developed by Special Education to support parents transitioning their child with special education needs.
Transitions in Early Childhood
On this website, this is a useful collection of research articles hosted by the University of Melbourne, including several that have been used by New Zealand Early Childhood Education (ECE) services looking at this area. A version of New Zealand researcher Dr Sally Peter's paper Multiple perspectives on continuity in early learning and the transition to school can be downloaded along with references to other publications she has contributed to.
Australian researcher Dr Kay Margetts' page on the site includes her work on the impact of different types of childcare on transition experiences.
Starting School Effective Transitions
Sue Dockett and Bob Perry have published a number of articles about their Starting School research. This paper, from on a free online journal, considers the starting-school experience from the perspective of parents, teachers, and children.