As early years practitioners you can make transition to school as smooth as possible. In October 2016, PACEY were commissioned to carry out an Action Research project around transition to school, in Waltham Forest. The culmination of this project is to share good practice by accessing an online Starting School Together transition guide and Building School Transitions into the Academic Year.
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The 'Starting School Together' project involved a range of early years settings, including schools, PVI settings and childminders, working together across the borough. The aim of the project was to:
All about me transition document should be completed prior to the child leaving the current setting, so that the information can be provided to the new provider/ school before the child starts the new setting. It is also important that the transition record is shared with the parent/carer of the child and that they are invited to contribute to the transition record. All settings need to send the transition records to the schools by the end of June for children starting school in September.
It is advised that the transition document is used by the Key Person/ Practitioner to record and communicate the child's achievements, phase of development and next steps, in all areas of learning and development.The manager of the setting should also contribute to the record. Guidance has been created to support settings in completing the document.
A visual guide was produced to demonstrate how providers, schools and the child and the family can build school transitions into the academic year starting from Autumn term right through to the end of the summer holidays.