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ERIC Number: EJ1240098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
Ready or Not, Here I Come
Reynard, Kate
Kairaranga, v20 n2 p40-51 2019
A well-developed transition process between the early childhood setting and primary school is important when considering transition to school. This paper reports on an inquiry that focused on the enablers and barriers to a successful transition to school. The inquiry which used case studies at two schools involved interviews with new entrant, kindergarten and early childhool kaiako, parents and Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs). Semi-structured interviews allowed participants to share personal knowledge and experience. The importance of inclusion was the common denominator in all interviews and was encompassed within the seven enablers identified: partnerships; communication; fostering relationships; belonging; parental involvement; the sharing of information, and developing a relationship with the tamariki.1 In this context, inclusion involved all stakeholders having a part to play in the transition process. Inflexibility in systems, poor funding and a lack of continuity around support were identified as barriers to successful transitions. Almost all interviewees shared the view that the process should be led by the tamariki.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand