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Moving on to ‘BIG’ School

We strive throughout the children’s time with us to help their growing independence and self-confidence from the smallest thing like putting their shoes on themselves, but also endeavouring to give them the social skills to make friends and deal with new situations that can arise.

When our children are getting ready to move on to ‘big’ school we aim to make the transition as smooth and worry free as possible. From a young age they will become familiar with the schools as they come with us on school runs daily to drop off and collect siblings and friends. We also have frequent visits to the various schools the children will attend and we’ve been lucky enough to many shared outings with our friends at big school. This gives the children a chance to meet their teachers and also to see other children they will come across when they start.

We also get them ready for doing certain tasks they may be expected to do for themselves, for example we help them getting changed into and out of their clothes (for PE), we help them to try and get their lunches out by themselves.

In the first term we recognise it is exhausting for the new children so we try to ensure they have a relaxing afternoon and plenty of opportunities to chill. We talk about their day at school and what they get up to. We also help the children with their sounds homework as they are too tired by the time they get collected and they enjoy doing their homework with their friends!

All the different schools have different settling in processes – some do short days and extend when the children are ready for a full day with gradual later pick-ups and we aim to accommodate all of the pick-ups in the first term to help make things easier on everyone.