Primary School in Perth

Transitioning to Primary School in Perth – be prepared

22 April 2024
Posted by: Chelsea

Primary School in Perth: Our children grow up lightning fast. Before you know it, they’ll be approaching primary school in Perth.

Primary School in Perth

Transitioning from an early learning childcare environment to ‘grown-up school’ is exciting and fun. It can though also be a little challenging for children and parents alike. Appropriate preparation can help smooth things over.

Early Learning Childcare and ‘big school’

Children have their own terminology, one which they’ll all understand well and which can also be unintelligible to adults!

Many regard transitioning from an early learning childcare environment to standard primary schooling as jumping into ‘big school’ though it’s also sometimes called ‘grown-up school’ too.

In Australia, this usually happens around 4-6 years of age, subject to their birth dates versus the academic year’s start dates etc.

How children react

For the vast majority of children, this is a mainly exciting prospect. They may well temper that slightly by being understandably nervous due to possibly saying goodbye to daycare personnel they’ve grown to like and trust to attend the primary school in Perth. It might also be compounded by fretting if they have friends who are going off to other schools in the area rather than theirs.

It’s also possible if not probable, that that the children’s rumour mill will have been working overtime. Some of their daycare centre friends may well have older siblings in primary or secondary education and that might result in some wild stories about what goes on there. That can be exacerbated by their own older siblings, who might be inclined to stretch the truth somewhat with a heavy degree of exaggeration about ‘big school’.

The upshot is that your children are likely to be excited but with a fair bit of apprehension and worry too.


It’s also worth anticipating that your stress levels may rise too.

Many parents see a good daycare centre as being an extension of the home, with all the comfort and reassurance that can bring. By contrast, full primary school is very different. It’s a busier, more bustling and also more independent environment with a different set of issues for parents to be concerned about.

Psychologically, many parents also see this as the first stage in a long process that inevitably concludes with a child’s eventual independence. That can be difficult for some parents.

Steps to reduce stress levels

There is no universal solution to the potential concerns here. Each child is different as is each parent.
What may help though are some of the following steps:

  • ask the school what, if any, early introduction days they run. Some may arrange tours of the school in advance of the start date – something that can help put a child’s mind at rest (plus their parents too);
  • ask older siblings already in school, to avoid teasing and telling wild stories about school. It may or may not succeed but it’s worth trying;
  • talk up the advantages and opportunities of primary school. Stress your pride in your child and how grown up they’ll be. Most children at 5-6 want to hear from their parents that they’re growing up fast:
  • try and arrange a pre-school start party. It will help children to focus on something good that’s coming and to reduce fret levels about school:
  • many early learning childcare centres will spend some time in the final few weeks before school starts, talking in a very positive way about big schools. Try to find out what they’re doing and saying and possibly try and join in or dovetail your reassurance activities into that;
  • arrange a party or treat at the end of their first week at school. It will give your child something additional to look forward to and encourage them to see school as somewhere that leads to good things happening.

The vast majority of children make the transition with few if any issues. Good luck!

Contact Read2Grow Early Learning Childcare for more details!

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