Our Lady’s Nursery is committed to ensure a smooth transition, from home to Nursery and from Nursery to Reception; for both children and their parents/carers. We also aim to support horizontal transitions within the nursery, and to help everyone manage this process well, by understanding the benefits for all involved.
Transition should be viewed as a process rather than an event. It involves children, practitioners and parents working together. Transition has been described as an on-going journey rather than a destination. Transitions are milestone events for children and have a definite effect on their development. They are times of exciting change and times of new opportunities and growth for every child. They can also be times of uncertainty where surroundings are not the same, expectations and procedures different and faces as yet unfamiliar. Children and parents/carers need to feel secure and confident to face the challenge of starting nursery or school and the significant changes as they progress through their school life. We recognise that children are vulnerable at stages of transition, and therefore implement a range of strategies and activities to ensure transitions are smooth and happy.
Home To Nursery
A letter with the child’s start date will be sent to families in the Summer Term before the child is due to start.
- New Starters Morning will be arranged for all new starters to come together before the child is due to start nursery.
- A welcome pack including relevant documentation concerning the child, i.e. All about me form / medical form/permission forms etc. will be given to parents at the New Starters Morning
- The EYFS is introduced as well as practical information such as nursery opening and closing times and term dates.
PLEASE NOTE – children will not be able to start without completed documentation. We ask that all completed forms be brought to the nursery on or before the child’s First Day.
Settling Into Nursery
The child will stay initially for one hour on their first day. This will build up to a longer time using 30-minute increments, until the full session is achieved. Parents are invited to stay for as long as they feel necessary. When they are ready to leave they are encouraged to say goodbye.
Nursery To Reception
The successful transition for children from Nursery to Reception is crucial in order to enable both children and parents to feel secure in the new environment, and for children to continue to develop and learn effectively.
Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service have asked schools to contact us about the children that will be joining them. If schools do not contact us then we will contact them to ascertain the best way to share information.
- We will identify a transition co-ordinator to liaise with schools
- Reception staff will be invited to the nursery to meet the children in the setting
- We will work in partnership with primary schools to consult about friendship groups.
- Parents will be informed that a copy of their child’s final report along with the child’s progress and summary tracker sheet will be forwarded to the child’s school.
We will arrange transition activities to be carried out in the nursery in the 2nd part of the last term. These will include, but are not restricted to:
- Sharing books and stories about school
- Setting up school role-play area, and include props in role play – such as items of school uniform, and lunch boxes.
- Self-registration to encourage name writing.
- Continuation of encouragement of children to develop independence when putting on their coats/shoes and with personal self-care
- Putting up a display of Primary Schools to support children.
- Planning circle time to share and talk about new schools and other changes for all children. Listening and valuing children’s comments about going to ‘big school’. Reassuring anxious children as appropriate, e.g. reflecting back to feelings they had when starting nursery.
- We will endeavour to maintain links with older children through visits from Primary School. Encouraging them to read stories, and talk about what’s like in big school.
Children will be encouraged to come back to visit us in the September after they have started in Reception to see friends and staff.
This policy was adopted on 11th November 2014
Reviewed and updated August 2018
Manager J Nolan-Davies