Transitions Pack – Helping Children Settle in to Early Years and on to Big School



Transitions can be difficult and stressful for children and families. Positive transitions enable children to communicate, explore and think. Children need support to successfully negotiate transitions.

“The Transition to Primary Schooling has been perceived as one of the most important transitions in a child’s life and a major challenge of early education. Initial success at school both socially and intellectually, leads a virtuous cycle of achievement”(Burrel & Bubb, 2000)

The hallmarks of a successful transition include parental involvement, the sharing of information between early years professionals, primary school teachers and staff, an introduction of the child to the new school and a preschool programme that helps build resilience and coping skills in young children. Successful transition to Primary School is critical in determining future success.

An INTO survey of primary school teachers carried out by Dr. Mary O’Kane identifies the skills necessary to make a successful transition to primary school as independence & self-help, communication & language skills, social skills, problem solving & pre-academic skills.These skills are listed in the order of considered importance.

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You must download the link and print yourself.


Transitions Toolkit This toolkit provides activities and ideas around transitions for babies, wobblers, toddlers, preschool, and children with additional needs.

Policies – Customise for your service

Settling In Policy

Transitions Policy

Key Worker Policy

Parent’s Guides – These are both great as handouts for families of children in your service

Parent’s Guide to Starting in an Early Years Service

Parent’s Guide to Starting Primary School

Graduation Certificate In two styles: Classic and Fun

Graduation Poem

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