Posted on 24th October, 2015
ACLA has collaborated with theÂ ACT Governmentâs Community Services DirectorateÂ toÂ extend the life of the inaugural Share a StoryÂ calendar to be part of theirÂ On my first dayÂ projectÂ www.children.act.gov.au.
A printed copy of the Share a Story calendar has been included inside packs to preschoolers in ACT ahead of starting school in 2016.
On My First Day - media releaseÂ
A childâs first day in school can be âfunâ, or make you ânervous, happy and scaredâ according to a book written by children for children.
On My First Day contains messages and drawings from children in kindergarten and Year 1 and is designed to help children who are about to start school for the first time and get ready for this important milestone.
Mark Collis, Executive Director of the Community Services Directorate Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, said the publication would be provided to the 5,500 children entering kindergarten in 2016.
âI am sure most of us can remember how we felt on our first day at school which just shows how big an event it is in our lives,â Dr Collis said.
âSome children will transition to school without any issues while others may need a bit of time to adjust.
âWhat is clear is that if children can talk to their families about school in the lead up to the start of the new year it can help address any concerns.â
This is the second edition of On My First Day, which was first published in 2011. Dr Collis said that feedback from the first edition showed that it had been a useful tool for preschoolers and their families.
âIt is particularly pleasing that preschools are using this book to support children to transition to school,â Dr Collis said.
âFor example at Isabella Plains Early Childhood School, staff have made full use of On My First Day by embedding it into their curriculum and transition programming.
âI would also like to acknowledge the support of Libraries ACT again this year, providing a library bag with this book for each preschool child across Canberra.â
On My First Day is an Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) project, coordinated by the Community Services Directorate, with funding made available from the Australian Government, and is available online by visiting www.children.act.gov.au
Media contact Kanchan Dutt/ 0478 301 615/ Kanchan.Dutt@act.gov.au