1 Explain what the word ‘transition’ means below:
Any significant stage or experience in the life of a child or young person that can affect their behavior or development.
2 Give an example of a transition that a child or young person might experience:
Being cared for by someone other than a parents; many children will be left with relatives and friends for a short period and some babies and toddlers may also go to a child minder or day nursery.
Most children at 4-5 will attend reception class. Between the ages of 4 and 11, most children change teachers every year as well as changing class ,and at 11 they transfer to secondary school. At 16 most young people go to college or start sixth form or go to employment and all children will go through puberty
Some children move to different areas or countries with their families due to parent’s job or they are refuges and escape war or poverty.
Some children have to deal with a death of a close relative such as a parent or sibling.
Some children and young people experience abuse, which can happen within a family or be caused by relatives while some children experience bullying at school.
Some children and young people have to cope with illness such as diabetes or asthma.
a) Look at the image below. What type of transition do you think it shows?
A child attending a primary school
b) What could you do as an early year’s practitioner to make this transition easy for the child?
A practitioner must welcome the child with a smile and introduce him/her to the other children in their class. Ask him or her if they are okay as maybe this is their first time at school. Try to make the child busy with fun and interesting activities to keep their mind off the new changes.
A transition is a stage or an experience in a child or young person’s life. It can affect their behaviour or their development. Some.