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Understand how to support and children through transitions

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doreen clark

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Understand how to support and children through transitions
Complete a timeline of children's transitions and significant events from 0-8 years
Some transitions
Day to day transition
Moving daily from home to setting. Some children may then move to a childminder
Day to day transitions within settings.
Small transitions between routines in settings
Some transitions
Looked after children-
Children in foster care or residential care homes may experience multiple transitions
The impact of transitions on children may be different and require different levels of support
This could be because:
Some children experience more than one transition at a time - moving house, moving school, change of friendship groups.

Discussing transitions with parents/carers and children
As a Key Person, your role is to work closely with the parents/carers and child to minimise the level of stress they may be feeling- yes the parent may also be affected by the childs transition.

It is important to take into consideration the type of transition and when would be a good time to tell and prepare the child.

To soon - may make the child anxious
To late- equally anxious and stressed - overwhelmed
Possible effects of transitions
Most children manage transitions effortlessly- depending on type of transitions and support
However, some effects can be quite serious and worrying- see table 7.3
Doreen Clark
Assignment 2- prep

Common transitions
Uncommon transitions
Day to Day transitions
Multiple transitions- looked after children
Formal care
Informal care

Moving from one family to another
Shared custody.
Transition of carer/key person
As a child grows and changes settings they may have a different person supporting/caring for them
Friendship groups- As children grow and mature, they may change their friends
If children move home or school, their friendship groups may change
Family structure -
Divorce, bereavement , birth of a sibling, step family
The impact on a child may be minimal if they have a secure attachment with a primary care giver and consistency within their lives.
Things to find out-
Does the child know what is happening and how is the child feeling or reacting- behaviour may change
How does the parent feel about the transition- is it positive transition for the child and parents/carers?
How has the child reacted in past transitions?
How does the child normally react to stressful situation?
What strategies help the child cope with stress?
Therefore, working closely with the parents/carer and child is important
Making it paramount that you support children through transitions.
Ways to support transitions
Research Winston's Wish
An organisation that supports children who are facing or have experienced bereavement

Settling in policy/process
Signs that a child has settled in
Assignment guidance
Moving from home to nursery
New sibling
Moving home and school
Moving to different foster homes
Long term illness
In your pairs- consider how the child may be affected by the transition and the ways in which you can support her/him
Home visits- before starting nursery
Visits to the new setting
Meeting your key worker
Books/photographs related to the transition
Implementing the Settling in policy

Each setting will have a settling in policy which will support the process for children and their parents/carers- Yes parent are also affected by this transition.
Review the Settling In Policy provided
Evaluate how effective you think this policy and its strategies are for supporting children to settle into the setting.
Happy to separate from parents
Shows and interest in other children and his/her surroundings
Eats well
Comfortable with the key person
No aggression
Parents report from home- no toilet accidents/ happy/ content
Take note of the assessment terms-
Explain- Set out in detail the meaning of something with reasons. This is more difficult than describing or listing.
It can often help to give an example to show what you mean. Start by introducing the topic and then give the how and why

Assess -Give careful consideration to all the factors or events that apply and identify which are the most important and relevant
Evaluate -Use the evidence you have provided to reach a reasoned judgement. Review the information and then bring it together to form a conclusion. Give evidence for each of your views or statements
P3- Explain how children may be affected by transitions and significant events.
P5 - Explain how to prepare and support children in early years settings for transition and significant life events
M3- Assess the contribution oof early years professionals in preparing and supporting children through transition and significant life events
D2- Evaluate factors that contribute to the development of children resilience to transition and significant life events

Proof read your work to check for spelling, grammar, punctuation, use of paragraphs etc
Use appropriate terminology where applicable to illustrate depth of learning
Illustrate your learning by bringing together all that you have learned- even if the assignment does not ask for it.
Demonstrate your depth of learning and understanding
Reference your sources
Include a Bibliography
Do not plagiarise!!!!
Use this Prezi as a guide to support you achieve the above criteria
Read your assignment brief
Observing children within the setting is important to determine how the child is settling in
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