A successful transition is of paramount importance to us; pre-school into Reception as well as Reception into Year 1.
Prior to children joining us in September we put together a detailed programme where the children attend Stay and Play sessions, story times, a picnic. Tours, welcome messages and stories are uploaded onto Tapestry and the pre-schools that are most local to us are invited in for joint activities. With a growing number of feeder pre-schools, (approximately 15 in 2023), we ensure that between May and July, all children are visited in their current setting by a member of the EYFS team. A meeting also takes place with the pre-school key workers to ensure a detailed handover of information. All of this contributes to ensuring a smooth transition, where the children are familiar with the adults and their new environment, they feel happy and have a sense of belonging. In September the children have a phased start to school where adults can build positive relationships and help the children to feel secure and settled. We understand that some children may take longer to settle so we work closely with our families and prioritise personal, social and emotional development.
Transitioning into Year 1 is of equal importance and we want to make the process as easy as possible for the children by having a clear model in place. Children will have the opportunity to meet their new teacher, visit their new classroom and experience a ‘move up’ morning. Teaching approaches and provision in Year 1 will mirror that of EYFS so that the children migrate naturally from Reception into Year 1 to ensure continuity and consistency. Year 1 will continue to follow a play-based approach which will be cohort specific and adapted across the year. Additional visits, transition books, social stories will be put into place for those children that need it.
We will work closely with families at all times to ensure a smooth transition for all of our children.