Getting ready for change

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By Sue CowleyEarly Years teacher, educational author, trainer and presenter

Advice for creating a supportive framework for successful transition

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As the year speeds past, it is soon time for your older children to move on to the next phase in their education: starting in a Reception class. This is a time of mixed emotions for everyone. The children and their parents will feel both excited and anxious: excited about moving on to new challenges, but also concerned about what will be required of them in ‘big school’. Spare a thought, too, for your own emotional state, and that of your colleagues. When you’ve worked closely with a group of children for a time, saying goodbye is hard for you as well. Make sure you factor in some celebrations – a trip somewhere fun and an end of year party.

“This is a time of mixed emotions for everyone”

Key questions for practitioners

When you’re thinking about what you can do to achieve a smooth transition, it is really beneficial to sit down with your team and consider the following key questions:

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