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Supporting Transition from Nursery to Reception

29/03/17

With the coming of the summer term, some of your children will be facing their final few weeks in nursery as they prepare to move up to "big school".

This change can cause anxiety but if well handled your children can see it as an exciting new adventure, Here are our top tips:

Role play going to school
A really great way to support the transition process. Encourage imaginative play to role play what it is going to be like going up to “big school”. Use props such as bits of school uniform, bags and books to help build confidence and to reduce the risk of anxiety come September.

Read books on ‘going to school’ during story time
There are plenty of books out there on going to a new school. Reading stories about other children going to a new school provides a great basis to start talking about how your children feel about the move in September. “I Am Absolutely Too Small for School" comes highly recommended!


Focus on change as a good thing!
Look at seasonal changes and other positive examples of how changes can lead to better and/or different opportunities. Read books, do role play and really focus on all of the fun things that children at primary schools do.

Develop children’s independence
Start to focus on small tasks that will make a big difference to a child starting reception class: being able to put on their own shoes, to independently go to the toilet and wash their hands and crucially having the confidence to ask an adult for help. Encourage all children to ‘have a go’ and provide challenging activities.

Anything we've missed? If you have any ideas for supporting transition let us know by leaving a comment below.

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