The Importance Of Transition From Preschool To Primary School

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Transition in education is a period of change that a child may experience when starting preschool, primary or secondary education. In this essay, the focus will be on issues faced in transition from preschool to primary school.
Transitions from one environment to another can be stressful for the child and the parents. Every child is unique and will have different experiences and capabilities. Hence, they will react differently to stress. Children need a caring, supportive environment for physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. They also need to feel safe and have a sense of belonging. Children who experience a positive transition from preschool to primary school are more likely to succeed academically and be socially competent (Dockett & Perry, 2013).
For successful transitions to occur, three issues need to be addressed. They are the readiness of the child to enter primary schools and achieve success, readiness of the school to cater to the child’s learning and developmental needs and readiness of the child’s family to help in the transition.
Factors affecting the child’s readiness for school are his physical well-being, social and emotional development, language development, cognitive development and approaches to learning. Children are diverse in many ways, not only in terms of development but also in their backgrounds and socioeconomic status. Education in Singapore is compulsory for children from the age of 7. A parent or guardian of the
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