Some children aren’t too fussed about going to a new environment and can easily make friends and integrate into their new setting, but a lot of the time children can become very quiet, distressed and clingy when they know a transition is happening and their behaviour can change dramatically if they do not feel supported and encouraged to enjoy their new and exciting environment.
One of the best ways to ensure a smooth transition between settings is to begin talking to your child about the impending changes in plenty of time. Making sure that you can answer questions, show pictures and be generally very positive will hopefully start the process in the best way possible. Being able to visit the new nursery/school will also help as they will be able to visualise where they will be spending time and also to know where certain important areas are, such as the toilet or where they will be eating lunch. Meeting the carers and the teachers prior to starting is also very important so your child knows who they can speak to or go to for comfort if they are upset or need help.
If your child is starting a school environment the routine of their day may change very dramatically. Here at Daybreak Nurseries we like to aid this transition by introducing some of these routines into the nursery day, such as…
Wearing a school uniform – this is again something that young children have not had to do before and although some children find it very funny to wear the same as everybody else other children are not so comfortable. At Daybreak we try to get samples of the local school uniforms so we can put them into our dressing up box. These clothes will then become familiar to the children and not cause such upset when the time comes to wear it everyday for school.
We love to talk about the different schools in our area with the children and we also like to take different walking routes to each one prior to the children starting their school in order for them to get used to the sounding areas and also become familiar with the initial sight of their new setting.
As a nursery setting we work closely with the local schools, we invite the teachers in to meet their new pupils, and so we can transfer any important information they may need to know about the individual child. We understand that this time is often hard for the parents too so continuing positive communication and allowing our parents to ask questions, and talk to us about the transition is a very important part about being school ready.
Good luck to all our parents and children that are now getting ready to make the move to school and if you have any questions or queries you can comment below or ask one of our helpful practitioners on site.