Transition from Preschool to JK


This fall will mark a new milestone in Kim's life. She will be beginning Kindergarten! We at Happy Place Public School want to ensure that Kim's transition to Kindergarten is smooth and welcoming. The purpose of this newsletter is to address any possible concerns as well as some details about the upcoming transition meeting.

What is the object of a transition meeting?

Transition Meeting:

The objective is to:

-Work together to create a plan that will assist Kim during her transition from daycare/ preschool to Kindergarten

-Consider the development of an IEP and/or safety plan

-Possible arrange a visit to current setting (day care) and to the school

-Create strategies to help Kim make the transition. (Prepare visual to assist with the transition such as a school photo book

-Discuss Classroom resources and space

-Make a plan to help make the transition easier for Kim

Who is Available to Help With the Transition?

Those who may be a part of the transition meeting include:




-Special Education Resource Teachers

-Specialist (Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist team or others)

-Community workers and others who support the student

-(For older students, they may also be included where appropriate)

The "CORE TEAM" is typically the student, parent and teacher. The other potential members should be included on an as-needed basis.

PRINCIPAL: The school principal has overall responsibility for transition planning in the school.

SUBJECT TEACHERS: Subject teachers should participate.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER: "In our school the SET can provide key observations concerning the students strengths and needs and can assist in collecting information."

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What are the Goals and the Process?

Goal #1: To identify strategies required to support the transition for the student

Goal #2: To develop a transition plan in collaboration with a student's transition teach

Goal #3: To implement strategies and determine next steps

What is a Transition Plan?

"A transition plan is a guide which outlines the daily, short term and long term changes in a student's programs." (Educator's Support Guide for Transition Planning)

Some Common Actions as a result of a transition meeting:

-Arrange special transportation if required

-Provide new staff or appropriate resource

-Gather information regarding student's strengths and interest

-Determine resources/professional training opportunities that may be required for staff


Future Planning:

As the student moves through their acedemic career the transition plan is reviews and updated as a part of the IEP review process.

Macro Transitions could include:

-entry to school (as in the case of KIM)

-grade to grade

-school to school

elementary school to secondary school

secondary school to post-secondary school

Micro Transitions (which are the day to day transitions and are typically included within the transition plan include:

-individual goals

-actions required to achieve those goals

-identified individuals (key players)

-timelines for completion


Planning entry to school: A resource guide. (2005). Toronto, Ont.: Ontario Ministry of Education

"Educator Support Guide for Transition Planning" (