Starting at an early years provision or childminder offers exciting opportunities as well as challenges, and this transition needs to be managed sensitively and effectively. When a child leaves the home environment for the first time it can be an anxious and emotional time for the whole family.
The principle of well-planned transitions and of working with parents to ensure that children’s needs are met appropriately is embedded within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Transition should be viewed as a process rather than a single event and children, practitioners and parents should all be involved in the process.
Practitioners need to develop policies and procedures to ensure they support children to make smooth and successful transitions.
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