Dulwich Hill Public School

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Kindergarten Transition to School Program

At Dulwich Hill Public School we understand that a child’s first year at school is an important one,  and we work closely with families, local pre-schools and child care centres to ensure a smooth transition to school.

We offer a series of orientation and transition to school events for parents and children in preparation for starting school.

School information evening

Come and see what makes our school special at our Information evening Date to be advised.

The Information evening will include small group tours of the kindergarten classrooms by some of our wonderful student leaders, a short information session and time for questions. We hope to give you some basic information about the wonderful features of Dulwich Hill Public School and it’s community.


Our school Principal, Ms Linda Wickham or a member of the school executive will facilitate tours of the school and give you a snapshot of our learning spaces and opportunities for students.

Tour dates for 2021: To be advised

Please call Laura or Francesca on (02) 9559 2699 book a tour.

Kindergarten orientation

Kindy Orientation is designed to inform you about the school curriculum and programs, and provide an opportunity to ask questions and meet some of the staff who will be working with your child. We will provide information about upcoming Kindergarten transition events, share a snapshot of learning in the Kindergarten classroom and tips about how to prepare your child for school. Parents can meet members of the school community including the P&C, canteen and uniform shop coordinators, Camp Australia. A welcome pack is provided at the session, which includes information about the school.

While parents are at the information session students will be in the Kindergarten classrooms participating in typical Kindergarten learning experiences and becoming familiar with the school environment.

Kindergarten transition and information sessions

Transition sessions are held for students during Term 4. During the transition sessions children will participate in classroom activities prepared by the Kindergarten teachers. 

Kindergarten orientation - Due to COVID restrictions please see the video above.

Kindergarten transition days - Friday 30th October, Friday 6th November and Friday 13th November.

Kindergarten information session 

An information session is held in Term 1  for parents of enrolled Kindergarten students. This session covers new information related to daily Kindergarten routines, including communication, homework, crunch and sip and making payments.

Best Start literacy and numeracy assessment

The Best Start literacy and numeracy assessment occurs at the beginning of Term 1 before students begin Kindergarten. It helps teachers identify the knowledge and skills that each child brings to school. Find more information about Best Start.

The First Day

On the first day of Kindergarten your child will need:

  • A school bag which he/she can easily open
  • A healthy snack for recess
  • A sandwich, piece of fruit and water bottle for lunch
  • A school hat
  • An old t-shirt to be kept at school and used for painting.

Useful information about starting school

  • School readiness:
    • When to start your child at school is an individual decision. You may want to discuss this with us or with your child’s pre-school teacher, carer or doctor.the NSW Department of Education parent website School A to Z contains some key points, including :
    • Age – children may be enrolled in Kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they turn five years of age on or before the 31st July in that year, and all children must be enrolled by their sixth birthday.
    • physical readiness
    • social and emotional readiness
    • Children don’t need to read or write before they start school.
  • Visit the Going to a Public School website for information and resources about starting school.
  • You can help your child prepare for Kindergarten and be organised for the first day by reading Time to Start School, a guide from the Department of Education for families.
  • What happens during a typical day in Kindergarten? Watch this clip from the NSW Department of Education A to Z website to see a snapshot.