Transition events

Events for schools and early years providers to share initial 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.

The information gathered allows you to begin planning other support needed, including setting, school or home visits and supported transitions.

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:

  • make the very best use of their time by meeting 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 other transition support activities such as 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 at an early point in the transition process
  • 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
  • work with schools to begin the transition support process which will enable a smoother and more positive transition experience for children and their families as they move from you to their new school.

4 2022 transition events

Events regarding children starting school in September 2022 take place between Monday 16 May - Thursday 26 May 2022.

Refer to the document below for a schedule of events.

Transition event dates, times and venues (PDF, 77KB)

Booking information for schools

Bookings are open for schools. You should book on to the event in your locality.

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 information for Early Years and childcare settings

Bookings are open for settings. You should book on to the events where your feeder schools are attending. This may involve attending more than one event if your children usually move on to schools over a wide geographical area.

Booking 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.

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’).

5 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.

An example of a completed 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:
9 May 2022
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