Transition events

Events for schools and early years providers to share transition information for children starting school.

1 Overview

Effective transitions are important for children’s emotional well-being and achievement, and planning for these transitions is fundamental to effective early years practice.

To ensure continuity of experience for children, transition should be seen as a process rather than a one off event. Discussions involving the child, parents and others throughout the planning process will support successful transitions.

Early years transition events are held annually across the county. They are a key part of this process and provide a forum for early years providers and schools to come together and share vital information for children starting school.

Transition event record templates that you will need prior to an event are on our additional information page.

2 Benefits for schools

Attendance at these events will enable school staff to:

  • liaise with multiple feeder settings in one place
  • gain key transition information in a consistent format and identify those in need of further transition support
  • gather the information needed to inform class groupings, and plan staffing and support based on the needs of the children
  • receive vital safeguarding information, and plan and prioritise setting and home visits
  • provide a smoother and more positive transition in to school for children and their families.

3 Benefits for settings

Attendance at these events will enable settings staff to:

  • make the very best use of their time by meeting with multiple receiving schools in one venue
  • ensure that all staff have the opportunity to contribute to the transition information shared
  • share the huge wealth of information gathered during the time children have spent in a setting
  • flag up children that will require additional transition support, and plan for this process with the new school
  • provide a smoother and more positive transition into school for children and their families.

4 2021 Transition events

Following consultation with schools and early years providers, and in the light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the decision has been made to not hold our usual transition events this year.

We are asking schools and settings to make contact with each other once school places have been offered to families to discuss the children who will be moving on to school in September 2021 and that, for children who will need additional support, to arrange supported transition meetings.

If you need any additional support, please contact your Early Years and Childcare Adviser or school Link Adviser.

We plan to resume transition events for children starting school in September 2022 to be held in May 2022. Event details will be published here in Autumn 2021.

5 Booking information for schools

Bookings are not currently open. Schools will be prompted to book a place on the May 2022 events in Autumn 2021. You will need to register for a free account on the Learning and Development Gateway, if you do not already have one, in order to book your place.

Book via the Learning and Development Gateway (search for ‘Transition event’).

6 Booking information for Early Years and childcare settings

Bookings are not currently open. Settings will be prompted to book a place on the May 2022 events in Autumn 2021. You will need to register for a free account on the Learning and Development Gateway, if you do not already have one, in order to book your place.

Book via the Learning and Development Gateway (search for ‘Transition event’).

Booking the session allows you to indicate your attendance. You will be informed of your allocated time slot prior to the event so you know how long you have with each school to discuss the children transitioning.

7 Additional information

The event record template below can be used as a 'promote effective professional discussion' between settings and schools, and help to record the key transition information.

It will also help identify and plan for those children and families who require additional transition support.

A completed example of an event record, and information about how to complete it, can be found in the Early years universal transition guidance.

Event documentation is reviewed annually; please ensure you are using the most up-to-date version.

Last updated:
22 April 2021
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