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Barleymont Group of Day Nurseries, Preschool, Afterschool and Holiday Club

School Transitions

 From settling new children to sending them on to school, the combination of an effective key person system and detailed record-keeping ensures children have a smooth school transitions at our Nurseries. We make sure that the transition is smooth and children are confident and very well-prepared when they move on to the next stage in their learning.

During April and month of May each year, staff begin to check with parents and carers which school their child will be going to.
A School transition meeting is held at the end of spring term each year with the parents and setting manager. School transitions are discussed at length, detailing what staffs does in the nursery to support their child and what they can do at home, for example read stories to their child about school and talk to their child about their future teacher.

Letters are sent to feeder schools in June to request an opportunity for the child and their key person to visit the school. This is followed up by phone calls. In May, staff in the pre-school room provides more information for children and families about the move to school. Changes are made such as turning the role play area into a school classroom. Staff shares books with children about going to school. Parents and carers are invited to take these home and staff suggest what they might discuss with their child, for example the journey to school and who will take them, the look of the new classroom, their teacher’s name and the school uniform.

Each child's 'Learning and development summative report' is sent directly to the school at the end of the summer term before they leave nursery, usually to a named teacher. This includes comments upon the seven areas of learning, what stage they are at and their likes and dislikes. For children with any additional or special educational needs, the nursery ensures that they speak directly to the SENCO of the feeder school.