JOEYS Transition to Reception Program

We have created a transition program, JOEYS, to provide preschool aged children an extended transition period to starting school.


When children and families participate in this program they:

  • develop their sense of belonging to the St Joseph’s School, Kingswood community
  • have the opportunity to establish a positive connection to the physical space
  • familiarise with the process of separating from family
  • access a rich, play-based learning program 
  • develop social connections with new friends and educators
  • become familiar with the routines of school life i.e. morning meetings, snack time etc.



Children’s critical and creative thinking is supported through a meaningful play and child-centred program. 

An active approach to acknowledging children’s contributions and theories informs our planning for both intentional and spontaneous learning experiences.



Family members and educators have the opportunity to discuss, share and celebrate the children’s learning experiences at each session time.

Children's learning is captured and shared with parents/caregivers via Seesaw app, which then continues throughout their school life at St Joseph's School, Kingswood.



Children are invited to attend one session each Wednesday morning 9am – 11.30am in the two terms prior to commencing Reception at St Joseph's School, Kingswood.  (Families are also able to continue as a Playgroup member.)

Sessions are $15 a week.