Transitions in the early years

Transitions are times of change; they are part of everyday life and take place from the earliest years.

One way of supporting children through transitions is to gather as much information as possible in conversation with the child's parents or carers. The Salford Starting Life Well service have produced a document to support this process, called 'All About Me'. This can be downloaded below for you to use with the parents/carers.

In a child's early years there may be many significant transitions:

  • from home to childcare setting
  • from room to room within the same setting as the child matures
  • from childcare setting into school
  • from school to setting
  • from school to school

Secure transitions can only be achieved by having a carefully planned programme which acknowledges the time needed to build relationships with children and parents so that they feel secure and supported.

Transitions for children with additional needs may need further careful planning and must include all professionals involved with the child alongside the child’s family.  Support for this process for children with SEND is available by emailing

Many resources are available to support with school readiness, including this poster

Settings are reminded that support and resources for toilet training are available from ERIC, the children’s bowel and bladder charity.

ERIC also have some good advice for schools to help them to improve their policies to avoid discriminating children with bowel and bladder conditions and to ensure pupils with continence problems are fully supported.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

This page was last updated on 27 June 2019

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