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Amanah Day Nursery

At Amanah Day Nursery we organise transitions around the children’s individual needs. We understand that we have a statutory duty to ensure that all our children receive continuity during periods of transition. We believe that smooth transitions support the personal and emotional development, learning and future success of every child.

We want children to feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with the staff. We also want parents to have confidence in both their children’s well-being and their role as active parents within the setting.

We aim to make the setting a welcoming place where children settle quickly and easily because consideration has been given to the individual needs and circumstances of children and their families.

The management team and staff of Amanah day nursery are responsible for ensuring the transition policy becomes effective practice. As a management team we will be required to reflect on the transition practice as part of the settings self-evaluation process. We continue to build good relationships with all professionals to make transition easier and to access help and support for children who have been identified with additional needs.

We allocate a key person before the child starts at nursery. The key person is responsible for settling the child in to our setting. All our staff in the nursery offer unconditional regard to all children and are non-judgemental.

Transition from Home To Nursery

At Amanah we value the parent as the first educator of their child. We invite parents to supply photographs of their child and family so we can have them in a basket in the nursery so when settling the child the child can refer to the basket to help transition. Parents are always welcome to come and visit our setting at any time.

We have a clear welcome procedure. We allocate a key person to each child before the child starts. The key person welcomes the child on their settling session and on their first day at nursery.

If a child shows a stronger attachment to another member of staff then we will transfer them to a new key person.

We have a pre start visit this is where the parents complete their child’s registration records. This information is essential information from the parents about contact numbers etc as well as their child’s likes dislikes and routines. This information gives the key worker the right information to help settle and make the child’s transition run smoothly.

As a nursery we create an environment that reflects the needs and interests of the children.

We use boards to display information about what happens in the setting to parent’s

All children have a coat peg with their name. This helps the child feel more secure.

We support children who have additional needs. We collect information at the pre start visit. We collect information on registration about any other professional that may be involved with the child and the family. We seek parental permission to work with other professionals before entry to ensure the setting is ready to meet the child’s physical, emotional, social and learning needs.

Transition between settings, rooms and key people

Learning Journals move with the children between key people and rooms.

Learning Journals are easily available for the children and the parents to look through and contribute to. Parents are positively encouraged to add information to their child’s learning journal.

We organise displays and have open days to help parent’s understand how young their children learn and develop, which enhances learning opportunities at home.

The key person also takes responsibility for informing the parents about the events of the day that have been important for their child.

The Management team also shows that they value smooth transitions by giving time to staff to support children and families.

Staff are organised to enable key people to be available at handover times to talk to parents. The nursery manager monitors the effectiveness of daily/weekly communication between parents and children. Children with additional needs are supported through individual learning plans and through other professionals such as speech and language Therapists. These professionals can come into the nursery setting where the child feels more confident and settled. We work with parents as equal partners with IEP’S and FCAF.

We endeavour to share as much information as possible with other settings or carers, if the child attends more than one setting.Parents are invited to be involved in this important process in order to achieve the best understanding of the child that we can.

Transition from Pre-School into School

Amanah Day Nursery aims to maintain good relationships, built on professional respect, with all local feeder schools.

We will invite staff to visit from feeder schools to observe the children and talk to the child’s key person during the summer term prior to transition. Written information is also shared with school via us or the parents.

Learning Journals are given to the child and parents, and we recommend that they share this with the school.

We can organise (if necessary) and attend a ‘Transition meeting’ for children who have been identified with additional needs, with the support from our area

SENCO. Parents, staff from feeder school and key persons are invited, alongside other professionals, in order to ensure the child’s needs are met in school.

The children also have an ‘all about me’ summary sheet that was written by the child’s key person. This identifies key information on the child with links to the EYFS where appropriate.

An annual Leavers party takes place where the children enjoy party food and games and parents can attend if they so wish.

This policy was written in March 2013.

Transition practice will be evaluated as an on-going interest by all staff (particularly key persons)

Transition policy will be reviewed annually by the management team, and also as an integral part of the SEF evaluation and review process. Where any changes will feed directly into the future action plans.

Updated August 2019