Welcome to our Back to School Pack!

Here you will find a range of posters, handouts and more to support children and young people with disabilities and developmental challenges as they start or return to an education setting.

Transition resources

Read how to plan for a positive transition for your child

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Transitioning from home to an early childhood education care setting
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Transitioning to primary school (or to a new primary school)
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Transitioning to secondary school (or to a new secondary school)
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Transitioning to Year 11 and 12

Anxiety forms

AllPlay Learn’s Recognising and supporting student anxiety forms help educators/teachers, families and students to reflect on:

  • a child/student’s early signs that they are feeling anxious
  • later signs that their anxiety is escalating
  • triggers or contributors to their anxiety
These forms can be used to support collaboration and communication across home and learning environments, which can help create consistent supportive environments that foster a child’s sense of security and capability in managing their anxiety. You may also like to talk to your child’s school about including these forms within an existing Individual Learning Plan.

 
 

Child wellbeing

Activate protective factors and resources to support the emotional wellbeing of your child during transitions. Resources can include emotion cards, relaxation breathing, opportunities to stay active, or ‘fun’ breaks. Visit the protective factors pages for early childhood , primary students , and secondary students for wellbeing tips.

Sleep

A good night's sleep is important for the wellbeing and learning of children, and the changes to routine that a new 'school year' brings may disrupt sleep routines. Access tips and resources to support good sleep hygiene.

Stories

Read or provide positive stories about their learning environment. These stories show a child/teen what happens in their new learning environment. This helps them feel confident about new situations they may encounter and to feel positive about the new situations they may face in these settings. Some children/teens, including children/teens with autism or intellectual disability, will identify more closely with the stories if it contains images of themselves in their new learning environment.

Early Childhood Stories

A day at childcare

A day at kindergarten

Making friends

What to do when I miss my family at kindergarten

Primary Stories

A school day

Getting ready for school in the morning

When my teacher is away


Secondary Stories

How to be organised

School uniforms

Disability information sheets


If planning to disclose your child’s diagnosis to their peers, download information sheets or activity books so peers can learn more about how they can be inclusive

Print-outs and posters

Link to AllPlay Learn's Primary Strengths and Abilities Communication Checklist
Early childhood communication checklist
Supports parent-educator communication
Link to AllPlay Learn's Home Schedule resource for early years
Early childhood home schedule
Download images to create a visual schedule at home
Link to AllPlay Learn's Primary Strengths and Abilities Communication Checklist
Primary communication checklist
Supports parent-teacher communication
Link to AllPlay Learn's Home Schedule resource for primary school
Primary home schedule
Download images to create a visual schedule at home
Link to AllPlay Learn's Primary Strengths and Abilities Communication Checklist
Secondary communication checklist
Supports parent-teacher communication
Link to AllPlay Learn's Locker Checklist PDF resource for secondary school
Secondary locker checklist

Videos


AllPlay Learn’s videos about family experiences with transitions provide opportunities for educators, teachers and families to learn from the transition journeys of others.
Early childhood
Primary school
Secondary school