Drawing on in-depth country reports and questionnaires, this report compares the transition policies and practices across 30 OECD and partner countries, focusing on the organisation and governance of transitions and the policies and strategies to ensure professional, pedagogical and developmental continuity between early childhood education and care settings and schools.
The transition from early childhood education to primary school is a big and important step and changes for most children include:
the types of activity they engage in
the way in which adults interact with them
their physical surroundings
the number of peers
the rules and routines
With countries increasingly directing policy attention to facilitate smooth transitions, the report describes the main policy challenges highlighted by participating countries along with practical strategies for tackling them.
Governing boards should ask their senior leaders what steps are in place to ease the stress of transition and whether they evaluate whether the strategy is successful.