Kindy data to give early warn­ings

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PREP teach­ers will be warned of chil­dren’s be­havioural and learn­ing is­sues un­der changes that will see end- of- year kindy re­ports sent straight to schools.

The shake- up comes as sus­pen­sions of Preps grew from 572 in 2013 to 1028 in 2016, rais­ing con­cerns some chil­dren may not be ready for school.

Cur­rently kinder­garten teach­ers write “tran­si­tion state­ments” about each child to give to par­ents in the hope it will be passed on to schools the fol­low­ing year.

But only about a third of the state­ments ever make it to prep teach­ers in Queens­land, sig­nif­i­cantly less than other states where more than 90 per cent are passed on.

While not called a re­port, the state­ment has in­for­ma­tion about a child across five learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment ar­eas such as abil­ity to in­ter­act with oth­ers and act in­de­pen­dently, as well as com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and gen­eral well­be­ing.

Early child­hood groups, unions, kinder­gartens and child care cen­tres re­cently ap­proved the change in Queens­land to al­low schools to re­ceive the state­ments di­rectly from kindies – with par­ents’ con­sent.

It means this year schools could get in­di­vid­ual in­for­ma­tion on 71,000 chil­dren cur­rently en­rolled in Queens­land kinder­garten pro­grams.

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