Middle Years and Transitions


Our plan Connect & Thrive(PDF, 3MB) reaffirms our commitment to contributing to positive health, social and economic outcomes for young people aged 6 to 24 years. 

We recognise the significance of the developmental period for children aged between 6 to 11 years defined as the ‘middle years’ and recognise the importance of a successful transition between primary and secondary schooling.  

We are committed to providing tailored supports and programs to meet the specific needs of middle years children and young people, working within a family-centered approach to support parents/carers, families, schools, and communities. 

For more information about Middle Years and Transitions, please contact Melinda Xeres melindax@hume.vic.gov.au

Transitional Resources

The transition to secondary school is an exciting and, occasionally, overwhelming experience for young people and their families. 

Hume Youth Services has gathered resources that offer support, suggestions, and strategies to help families experience a successful transition to secondary school. 

Educators and Psychologists help you understand how to respond to your child’s anxiety, help them create new routines and stay healthy as they settle into year 7. 

The following videos were created in partnership with Victoria University’s Department of Social Psychology.

Creating & Maintaining Routines

Forming Healthy Habits


School Refusal

Current local research

To ensure that the supports and services meet the needs of middle years children, the Youth Engagement and Pathways Unit undertook a Needs and Gap Analysis. 

This inquiry invited community members, service providers and schools to provide feedback about the emerging needs of middle years children, current programs and supports, and opportunities for future programs and collaboration. 

The findings are presented in the Middle Years and Transitions Need and Gap Analysis Report.(PDF, 10MB)

The report provides:

  • an overview of the current research on the middle years   
  • an analysis of our diverse and growing population 
  • an understanding of emerging needs and trends amongst the 6-11 year old cohort 
  • a review of current programs being delivered across Hume; and 
  • a series of recommendations that will inform the development of future programs and supports in partnership with schools and service providers.

View our current programs

The Youth Engagement and Pathways Unit has several programs being offered to the community with a special focus on the middle years cohort – for children, their families and schools. 

Current programs being delivered in 2024: