Children and families respond differently to the transition to kindergarten. For some it is a smooth process, while for others it is a nightmare – a string of stressful experiences. It is a good idea for all parents to prepare and do their “homework” when its time for their child to transition to kindergarten.
Transition to kindergarten is a process, not a static event. Thus parents must support their child before, during, and after transition. The findings of the studies on children’s transition to school conducted by National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL), USA, confirms that the most important for the transition process are the relationships – those between children and teachers, parents and teachers, children and their peers, and children and their parents. According to parents, when these relationships recognize the needs of the child, and when regular communication occurs about those needs and is sustained over time, children appear to adjust well during this period of change.