Since 2006, many actions have been put in place in the Magog community with respect to the transition to school. Despite this, there are still fundamental issues surrounding the transition period.
A meeting was held on April 20 of this year to bring together those directly concerned by this issue (parents and partners from different sectors).
The goal was to begin a collective debate on two issues of particular concern to many stakeholders, namely the need to reach out to children who don’t attend any kind of program and the need to foster better cooperation between parents and organizations (such as daycare and school).
This brainstorming session allowed us to look at our practices and to come up with courses of action to tackle these issues. Among other things, the stakeholders discussed the importance of consolidating cooperation and communication between organizations from different sectors, while stressing the fact that the transition to school is a shared responsibility of the community, and must not rest solely on the shoulders of a few stakeholders.
While it can be a challenge to put in place measures to reach out to all families, the stakeholders were satisfied with this meeting, having appreciated this time out to look at these important issues and discuss them with a variety of stakeholders.
The priority areas that were identified on April 20 will be the subject of discussions and decisions in upcoming meetings of the Kindergarten Transition Committee in order to develop an action plan that will go a step further in fostering a positive school entry for children in the Memphremagog Regional Municipal County.
Pascale Gendron Daigneault, ps.éd, Conseillère pédagogique en petite enfance
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