Learning journeys from early childhood into school

Research team: Sally Peters and Vanessa Paki (University of Waikato) and Keryn Davis (CORE Education)

Key teacher researchers: Karin Shaw, Lynley Westerbeke & Jo Painter, Learning Links; Brian Sheedy & Jennie Brook-Watt, Te Totara School; Gareth Duncan & Maree Parkes, Te Awamutu Primary School; Helen Rees, Julie Treweek, Carol Bird, Robyn O’Connor & Stephanie Spence, Rewi Street Kindergarten

Project Dates: 2011 - 2014

Partnerships: CORE Education, Learning Links, Rewi Street Kindergarten, Te Awamutu Primary School and Te Totara School

This Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) funded research project investigated ways of enhancing children’s learning journeys from ECE into school and explored the impact of transition practices over time. The research helped to address some of the current gaps in understanding by addressing four broad themes. Firstly, providing insights into improving transitions to school for Māori children. Secondly, exploring the alignment between the ECE and school curricula, and the ways in which shared understandings between teachers in each sector might support children’s learning as they move from ECE to school. Thirdly, it focused on establishing and maintaining reciprocal and respectful relationships between sectors. Finally, it sought to provide robust evidence of the longer-term impact of strategies designed to support transitions.

Project outputs

Final report

Intentions poster can be downloaded from the TLRI website.