Northern Sydney parents, carers, early childhood educators and primary school teachers have a new resource to call upon to help them support children have a positive start to school.
The Supporting the Transition to School video series was developed by NSLHD’s Population Health Promotion team, with expert contribution from the district’s Child, Youth and Family Health Service.
“The transition from home or childcare to school is a very important period in a child’s development,” explained Lauren McClean, School Years Program Manager.
“By ensuring they have well-developed physical, emotional and social skills, like those covered in the videos, kids can flourish in the new learning environment.
“Therefore, the videos are designed to be used in the lead up to and throughout a child’s first year of kindergarten.”
The focus of the videos was informed through consultation with local teachers, who identified a need to improve children’s preparedness for school particularly around movement, self-management and interpersonal skills. Feedback from teachers said they wanted parents to place more emphasis on these practical and essential skills prior to school, than on academics skills.
Two specific video series have been developed. The first supports teachers and early childhood educators integrate practical activities into the classroom, while the second is for parents and carers to support their child develop the skills.
“This is a really engaging and informative resource that supports the NSW Health Eating and Active Living strategy by empowering the viewer to get their kids active, and also be active themselves.” Paul Klarenaar, Director NSLHD Population and Planetary Health said.
“While the videos are targeted to teachers, educators, parents and carers, we encourage all health professionals working with children aged 4 – 6 years to share these videos with their clients and community groups.
For more information on the Supporting the Transition to school video series, visit: https://nshp.com.au/TransitionToSchool, email NSLHD-LifeLifeWellatSchool@health.nsw.gov.au or phone 9388 5390.