24 June 2020
The summer term is a time when parents with children are beginning to think about transition to a new class or new school in September. For younger children it may be their first time separating from their parents to go to nursery. At any age, times of transition can be exciting with the promise of new experiences and friends, but equally they can be daunting. Lockdown, due to Covid 19, and the uncertainty around schools reopening, is likely to heighten concerns about transition both for parents and children themselves. Even the children of key workers, who have remained in school throughout lockdown, will be facing as much uncertainty about transitioning to the new school year as those who have been at home.
There is much that parents, carers and teachers can do to support children’s transition. Research shows that it is important parents understand the nursery or school’s culture. This includes practical things like knowing about day-to-day routines and timetables, the location of lockers, pegs and trays to expectations about behaviour. Schools offering a supportive transition programme before children move to a new school will provide all this information and enable children to feel confident and welcome. With schools closed this is more difficult to achieve but there are many creative ways to share this information. This may include:
A positive partnership between home and school will give the strongest foundation to ensure children have a confident and happy transition.
Parents and families can also support their children. Simple strategies like creating a bedtime routine will help your child be rested and ready for school. You can do this by:
Remember communication is key. Listen to your child and share their excitement and talk through their concerns. In these uncertain times be honest and open with your child. By communicating together you can prepare to face transitions as and when they arise.
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