Transition guidance

Guidance on transition for early years providers and schools.

In their early years, children go through many transitions - moving on to a new activity, setting or school, moving between classrooms or starting at a setting for the first time. 

The following guidance will enable preschool providers and schools to plan positive transitions for the children they are supporting, and reflect on the support they give to early years children through points of transition.

Early years universal transition guidance (PDF, 366KB)

We have also created a code of conduct to support all settings and schools have a clear and consistent understanding of the transition events and the expectations that make the process successful.

The following transition summary template can be used to support the transition process in your own provision. An example of a completed summary can be found in the guidance document below.

The following information may be useful to share with parents and carers of children starting school:

For some children, additional planning will be needed to ensure they have a positive transition.

If you are working with a child with identified SEND, emerging needs, multi-agency involvement or any other vulnerability, the school's universal transition offer may not meet their needs. To ensure the appropriate level of information is shared and planning put in place for a smooth transition, see the information and planning guidance for a supported transition.

For children and families with social care involvement who have support from Early Help, or for whom you have safeguarding concerns, visit our safeguarding pages. The guidance within this section will ensure that you are sharing and receiving appropriate levels of information in the right way, at the right time, to fulfil statutory safeguarding responsibilities.

Last updated:
22 December 2023
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