Parent Information - Preparation
Preparing for Leaving School
It is really important to encourage the life skills your young adult will need after they leave school. The best people to do this are parents/carers or other family members who can gradually develop confidence in key areas over a period of time. Learning and practicing skills at home is a natural way for your son/daughter to learn about adult life and responsibilities. Continually practicing and reinforcing skills means your son/daughter is more likely to remember what to do or what is expected in new situations. Other people can support you to encourage the development of new skills such as teachers and Transition Officers who may be working with your son/daughter as part of an out of school activity.
It is important to begin preparation for leaving school as early as possible. In most situations this should be 18 months before leaving school to allow plenty of time to learn new skills and develop independence. Life skills such as travelling on public transport, going to the local shops, having a bank account and budgeting their money will give your young adult more confidence and independence as they prepare to leave school. It will also mean they have more options available to them when it comes to making decisions about where to transition to.