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 2023:  

Middle Years & Transition Network

The Middle Years & Transition Network was established in 2022 by Hume City Council and Maroondah City Council. The MY&T Network brings together representatives from Local Governments (LGA) and Local Learning Employment Networks (LLEN) across Victoria who work and advocate in the Middle Years and Transitions space.  

Quarterly meetings enable members to share best practices, identify collaborative possibilities, and meet with leaders in the field.  If you would like to be involved in the network, please reach out to youth@hume.vic.gov.au with the subject line: MY&T Network.

Middle Years and Transition Network meeting dates for 2024

Watch this space for Middle Years and Transition Network Meeting dates for 2024.

For more information, please email Melinda Xeres, melindax@hume.vic.gov.au 

Read the Middle Years and Transitions Network Terms of Reference(PDF, 173KB).

Principals Breakfast Forum

The Principals Breakfast Forum aligns with City of Hume's Connect & Thrive: A Plan for Young People in Hume 2022-2026. One of the key actions outlined in the plan is to support schools and provide opportunities for school staff to network, share information and hear from experts in the field on issues/areas of importance and concerns for them.  

Principals Breakfast Forum dates for 2024

The Principals Breakfast Forum runs from 8am – 9.30am

Term1 – Thursday 21 March 2024, Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn


Term 2 – Thursday 20 June 2024, Broadmeadows Town Hall 


Term 3 – Thursday 5 September 2024, Hume Global Learning Centre Craigieburn


Term 4 – Thursday 21 November 2024, The Blue Lounge Broadmeadows Town Hall


For more information about our upcoming forums or if you would like to be on the mailing list please contact Melinda Xeres, melindax@hume.vic.gov.au.