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TRANSITION

Rationale

Successful transition processes are very important for our children, parents/caregivers, whãnau and teachers. We create an environment that empowers children and gives them a great sense of belonging by developing strong, reciprocal relationships with them and their whãnau. We ensure that the children have the age appropriate tools and skills needed to make a seamless and positive transition to the next stage of their learning journey.

Purpose

Settling into a new centre and transitioning from one room to another, or from our Centre to school, can be unsettling for both the child and parents. Children learn best when they are feeling safe and are in a loving environment. Therefore, we will ensure that children and parents/caregivers are comfortable and feel welcome at Midcity.

Procedures

1.Transition from home to Midcity

  • We strongly encourage parents/caregivers of new children to take part in our transition process.
  • A transition teacher will be allocated to the child who is transitioning to support them with routines and rituals in their new environment, and to build a strong relationship with them and their parents/caregivers.
  • For the child's first transition visit, parents/caregivers will be encouraged to stay with their child in the Centre.
  • For ongoing visits, parents/caregivers will be encouraged to leave their child for short periods of time during the transition process so the child gets used to their new environment and understands that their parent/caregiver will come back for them.
  • Parents/caregivers are able to phone the centre or visit in person for updates on their child’s progress.
  • Parents/caregivers will have opportunities to speak with teachers at the beginning and end of each day to pass on special instructions regarding their child and to keep informed of their child’s day.
  • All children must be signed in and teachers made aware of their arrival.
  • Teachers will take steps to ensure farewells are calm, positive experiences for children. Extra comfort and attention will be given if needed.

2.Transition to another room within Midcity

  • Transitioning between rooms is based on developmental readiness, availability of spaces and in consultation with parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers are notified and kept informed about the likelihood and timing of any space becoming avaialable whenever possible.
  • During a child’s transition, relevant information about them will be exchanged between the new and existing teachers.
  • Individual Health Plans, Dietry Plans & Annual Medicine Forms are shared and reviewed if needed.
  • Parents/caregivers will be asked to fill out the Transition Form and discuss their aspirations for their child with the new teachers.
  • During this process, the transition teachers will support children for success in their new environment by facilitating regular visits.
  • Transition teachers will make time to introduce parents/caregivers to the teachers in the new room that their child will be transitioning into.
  • If a child needs more time to make the transition easier, we will endeavour to ensure this happens. Their sense of belonging and happiness is our number one priority.

3.Transition from Midcity to school

  • We will provide our Kindy children with the tools and skills they need to prepare them for school.
  • Children are encouraged and supported to develop their independence and self-help skills.
  • Children are given responsibility in group situations and are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  • Children are provided with experiences in which they can choose their own learning journey in an interesting, challenging environment, alongside teachers who support them to extend their learning.
  • We support parents/caregivers to arrange school visits for their child, and will endeavour to accompany transitioning children (& their parents) to one visit at their new school.
  • We provide evidence of where the child is at in their learning journey to share with their school teacher. Our ‘Ready for School’ Learning Story is aligned with the school curriculum.

Review Date: September 2020