Supporting transition to school for children with additional needs



National Quality Standard
QA1Educational program and practice
QA2Children’s health and safety
QA4Staffing arrangements
QA5Relationships with children
QA6Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
1Know students and how they learn


Emma Pierce
Emma Pierce has worked with children with disabilities, their families and service providers for the last 17 years. Emma has worked in a range of early childhood intervention roles, including as a manager, trans-disciplinary practitioner, teacher and trainer in Australia and the UK.


The transition from early childhood education to school is a unique process for each child and each family. This is equally true for children with disabilities and developmental delays. How can educators and early years teachers best support these children and families to make successful transitions to school?

Join expert Emma Pierce (Early Childhood Intervention Australia—NSW/ACT) for a practical and positive exploration of how to support the transition to school for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

Learn about:

  • using a community-wide approach to transition to school
  • potential roles and responsibilities for ECEC services
  • case studies linked to the EYLF and NQS.

Emma provides tips and strategies around:

  • making the most of partnerships with families and other professionals
  • sharing information with the child’s new school
  • preparing children for school in meaningful ways
  • using the practical downloadable tools from ECIA NSW/ACT’s Transition to School Resource.