Preparing for the transition from daycare to school

21 September, 2020
Transitioning from daycare to preschool is one of the biggest milestones in any family and at TFK we feel that supporting children to make this transition successfully helps set the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

All the people in your child’s life have a part to play in helping your child successfully navigate this milestone, whether it is the early childhood, preschool, therapist, and carers.

Five skills needed by your child to make this transition:

Today I’ll talk about concentration and attention.
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How long should a 4-5 year old concentrate?

Child development experts say 4-5 year olds should be able to concentrate for 2-5 mins x their age. So you can expect your child to concentrate for between 8-25 minutes, maybe more, depending on their interest and the task. This is variable depending on:
Dr Neal Rojas M.D., a developmental paediatrician from the University of California says, “I tell [parents] that they will see a variation throughout the day.” “Attention span is elastic.”

Ways to help develop attention:

Ideas to help:

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Signs of poor attention:

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When should I look for help?

If your child is having difficulty with attention:

Keep safe, happy, and well,


By Debbie Evans

Executive Director

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