Queensland Kindy teachers will be sending reports at the end of the year directly to schools, to allow Prep teachers to pinpoint any learning or behaviour issues before the child starts school. Picture: Supplied
Queensland Kindy teachers will be sending reports at the end of the year directly to schools, to allow Prep teachers to pinpoint any learning or behaviour issues before the child starts school. Picture: Supplied

Kindy kids' report cards would 'forewarn' schools

PREP teachers will be forewarned of children's behavioural and learning issues under changes which will see end of year kindy reports sent straight to schools.

The shake-up comes as the number suspensions of Prep students doubled in the past three years to 1028 in 2016, compared to 572 in 2013, raising concerns some are not ready for school.

Currently kindergarten teachers write up "transition statements" about a child to give to parents in the hope it will be passed on to schools the following year.

But only about a third of the statements ever make it to Prep teachers in Queensland, significantly less than compared to other states where more than 90 per cent are passed on.

Although not called a report, the statement has information about a child across five learning and development areas, such as ability to interact with others and act independently, as well as communication skills and general wellbeing.

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