june, 2021

16jun6.00pm7.30pmTickets RequiredTransition to SchoolSpeaker Series 20216.00pm - 7.30pm Type:EventEntry:Paid

Event Details

Transitioning to big school is an exciting yet daunting time for many children and their families.

Our first Speaker Series of 2021 takes an in-depth look at all aspects of the transition and provides practical advice on how to prepare for a positive and successful start to big school for both your children and your family.

Presented by school readiness expert, UOW Early Start’s Dr. Lyn Cronin, this presentation is informed by the latest research and is a must-see for anyone thinking of sending their child to school in 2022.

If your child is starting school next year you will be thinking about what is important for them to know, understand and be able to do when the time comes for them to embark on the journey. Transition to school for children is an exciting time but can also be somewhat daunting as many changes are occurring at once. How best to support children to adapt to the changes and have a successful start to school is a strong focus for families.

The rhetoric around navigating the changes is about being ‘ready’. What does being ‘ready’ for school mean? The reality is it means different things to different people. This presentation explores the concept of readiness, taking an in-depth look at the transition to school and sharing strategies and suggestions to support children and families to enjoy a positive and successful start to school.


  • Understanding the concept of ‘readiness’ in starting school informed by current theories of child development and transition research

  • A range of strategies to support your child’s successful start to school, including academically, emotionally, socially, and physically

  • What skills teachers recommend for children starting school

  • What to consider when deciding on the right time for your child to start school.



$15/non-members, $10/members, $10/ Early Start Engagement Centres

You can also purchase tickets to watch online via zoom.

 No tickets will be available at the door – all tickets must be booked online. All tickets will include an online ZOOM link to listen live and ask questions.

Please be advised that this seminar has a COVID-19 Safe Plan in place to reduce risk of potential virus transmission. If you are unwell or displaying cold and flu type symptoms, including coughing, you will not be permitted entry. Refunds will be issued if you are unwell and unable to attend.


About our expert 

Dr Lyn Cronin
Lyn is a lecturer in Early Childhood and Primary Education at UOW and member of Early Start’s Play, Pedagogy and Curriculum research group. Her research looks into literacy in early childhood and school settings, transition across school and life stages, and digital technologies. Lyn has worked as a teacher in Primary Schools and as an Education Officer with the Diocese of Wollongong. Her PhD study focussed on the transition to school and explored the perspectives of young children as they moved into primary school. She is passionate about early learning, particularly how young children develop literacy skills and understandings. She is a strong advocate for children’s right to have a say in matters that affect them.



There will be time allocated for questions at the conclusion of the presentation. You may also submit your questions in advance, by emailing them through by Wednesday 9 June 2021, 3pm and Lyn will attempt to address them in her presentation.


(Wednesday) 6.00pm - 7.30pm


Building 20 Room 5

Bld 20 Room 5

Suggested Ages

Adults only


From $10