Aim: For all Children to achieve a smooth and successful transition from their early childhood setting to school, providing families with appropriate information, with consideration given to individual and cultural needs.
Rationale: We recognise that primary school learning environments are quite different to early childhood settings. Our aim is to prepare children emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically for school. We believe that a smooth and well-informed transition to school empowers children to learn and grow. At Leap Ahead preschool we are committed to ensuring that all families will receive the best possible transition experience for their children.
Prior to attending primary school our teachers will encourage self-help skills, concentration span, respect for teachers, self, peers and equipment. Children will have discussions with teachers about the differences between preschool and primary school. Outings, books and pictures are also used to give children some insight as to what to expect at primary school.
A well prepared literacy table with writing books, Lending library, rulers, and pencils are available for children prior to starting school.
An allocated teacher will be responsible for ensuring that there are systems in place for identifying children who are approaching school age, and informing parents and whānau of the needs to start considering a school transition plan. When necessary, staff will provide individual parents with additional literature on the transition process for children with special needs.
Throughout the terms, the allocated teacher will organise with both schools, visits for our four and a half year old children, these will happen in terms 1,3 & 4. The children get to spend the morning/ afternoon in the new entrant class and met with the teachers/ play with the equipment and buddy up with other school age children. Transition times will be an hour long and days may vary. Parents and Whanau will be informed and a permission slip provided closer to transitioning time.
Consult with management regarding appropriate transitioning times to see if this is suitable
Consult with our local primary schools to arrange appropriate days and times.
Discuss transition times, also what happens on these visits with the families of the transitioning children.
Give out permission slips to the families of the children who are transitioning
Organise adult/child ratio, this can either be a staff member ( in consultation with manager) or parent help.
Ensure departure and arrival times are consistent with excursion form.
Roll call on arriving at primary school, and again before departing then finally back at the centre.
Ensure first aid, phone, water, food and roll are with you at all times.
Comply with primary school rules and also ECE regulations at all times.
Completing a short narrative on the transition followed with photos. This is to be displayed in foyer, children’s portfolios, and filed in office.