Kindy data to give early warnings
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.