As we approach a time of transition for our youngest learners at St Andrew’s, we continue to observe them closely, but with a slightly altered lens. In the coming weeks, some of our Smith Street ELC children will transition to Habich ELC, as many of our Habich ELC begin their transition to Reception at St Andrew’s School. All educators are closely observing their increasing self-regulation skills, their growing independence, their ability to interact responsibly with each other and their environment and of course, their developing friendships.

Social connections are a very important factor that we take into consideration when arranging class placements, both connections with children in their current class as well as connections that have previously been positive. We look for mutual friendships, based on respect and balance. When children are aligned with peers whom they are comfortable with, they are more likely to adapt quickly to their new environment and more likely to take measured risks in their learning.

We look forward to supporting children during this exciting time and you can feel very confident in our ‘work behind the scenes’ to ensure that each child’s transition to their new environment is as smooth and successful as possible.

Alicia Flowers
Assistant Director of Early Learning