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									A publication for parents/carers, Early Years providers
  and schools, produced by the Swanley and District

 Swanley and District
This transition booklet has been produced by many professionals
  who work within Early Years in Swanley and District Cluster.
 We would like to express our thanks to those practitioners in
 Early Years settings, reception teachers, teaching assistants
                 and Early Years advisory staff.

     With thanks also to Swanley and District Cluster who have
              funded the publication of this booklet.


     Karen Bell                                07917 038196
     Early Years Advisory Teacher

     Kirby Woods                               07917 454156
     Early Years SENCo

     Jennifer Ayres                            01732 525094
     PA for Paul Shallcross, LEO

                     Published September 2007

              Welcome to our first edition of Starting School.

This is just one of several aspects to our support for pupils and young people
transferring in their educational development across Swanley and District
Education Cluster.

Through this booklet, and support from our school, setting and Cluster staff, we
aim to ease the transition into school. The suggestions and guidance in this
booklet have been complied building upon good practice within our Cluster and
across Kent.

As parents and carers, your knowledge of your own child is very important to us
in this transition. Getting transition right depends upon us all working together
sharing our thoughts and feelings, sometimes calling upon specialist help and

Schools and Early Years settings must work closely together in the interest of
the child to ensure that leaving and starting is a happy and positive experience.

Practitioners have worked together previously to share expertise and good
practice. This booklet has been compiled to bring good practice together to
ensure a consistent quality approach.

We hope you find this useful as a parent, carer, teacher, support assistant,
manager and practitioner. We always strive to improve our work so if you have
any ideas please share them with staff who visit you.

Paul Shallcross                                         Kevin McPartland
Local Education Officer Swanley and District            Cluster Chair
Settings and Schools in Swanley and District Cluster

Bright Sparks Pre-school                      West Kingsdown Pre-school
Social Club Hall, Sycamore Drive              School Lane, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks
Swanley, Kent BR8 7AY                         Kent TN15 6JN
01322 668611                                 01474 854897
Crockenhill Pre-school                        West View Playgroup
Crockenhill Village Hall, Stones Cross Road   Downsview Primary School, Beech Avenue
Crockenhill, Swanley, Kent BR8 8LT            Swanley, Kent, BR8 8AU
01322 669102 (Manager’s Home No.)            07751 132404
Dawn to Dusk Day Nursery                      White Oak Pre-school
Swanley School, St Mary’s Road                The Willows, Hilda May Avenue
Swanley, Kent BR8 7TE                         Swanley, Kent BR8 7BT
01322 660330                                 01322 611088
Fawkham House Pre-school                      Crockenhill Primary
Fawkham House, Fawkham Road                   The Green, Crockenhill, Swanley BR8 8JG
West Kingsdown, Kent, TN16 6AY                 01322 662179
01474 854646
Fawkham Pre-school                            Downsview Primary
Scudders Hill, Fawkham,                       Beech Avenue, Swanley, Kent BR8 8AU
Longfield, Kent, DA3 8PA                       01322 662594
 01474 702324
Five Wents Playgroup                          Hextable Primary School
Five Wents Memorial Hall, Main Road           Rowhill Road, Hextable, Kent, BR8 7RL
Hextable, Swanley, Kent BR8 7RB                01322 663792
07803 357904
Hextable Kindergarten                         High Firs Primary
St Peters Church, College Road                Court Crescent, Swanley BR8 8NR
Hextable, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7RH               01322 669721
07801 437038
Hextable Village Pre-school                   Horizon Primary School (Amalgamated White Oak and
Furness School, Rowhill Road                  Birchwood)
Hextable, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7RP              Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, BR8 7BT
07720 920308                                  01322 665235
Riverside Pre-school Kindergarten             Horton Kirby CE Primary
Village Hall, Horton Road                     Horton Road, Horton Kirby, Dartford DA4 9BN
South Darenth, Dartford, Kent DA4 9AX          01322 863278
07968 019759
Springles Day Nursery                         St Bartholomew’s Catholic Primary
Axstane House, Hever Road                     Sycamore Drive, Swanley, Kent BR8 7AY
West Kingsdown, Kent, TN15 6HD                 01322 663119
01474 852225
St Mary’s Nursery                             St Mary’s CE (VA) Primary
St. Mary's C of E (Aided) Primary School      St Mary’s Road, Swanley BR8 7BU
St. Mary's Rd, Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU          01322 665212
 01322 665212
Sunbeams Pre-school                           St Paul’s CE (VC) Primary
St Mary’s Church Hall, St Mary’s Road         School Lane, Swanley Village BR8 7PJ
Swanley, Kent BR8 7BU                          01322 664324
 01322 662201
Swanley Kindergarten                          West Kingsdown, St Edmund’s CE (VC)
Christ Church Centre, Kingswood Avenue        Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks TN15 6JP
Swanley, Kent BR8 8AN                          01474 853484
01322 662870
                        What can parents do?

                   Visits                                        Questions
You will be invited to visit your child’s new   You may have questions about your child’s
school. Please take this opportunity to         transition to school. These people will be
attend. Visits may include:                     able to answer your questions:
                                                 Class teacher and reception class
   Information sessions – regarding               staff: curriculum, PE kit, trips, daily
    schools uniform, lunchtime                     routine, settling in procedures.
    arrangements, school hours, term             Office staff: dinner money, enrolment
    times etc.                                     forms, holiday forms etc.
   Story time/trial sessions for your           Special Educational Needs Co-
    child - where they can meet their new          ordinator (SENCo): discussion of any
    teacher, class friends and see their           special or additional needs your child
    classroom.                                     may have.
   Parent/carer meetings/home visits –          Family Liaison Officer (FLO): provides
    where you can speak to the teacher             additional family support.
    privately about your child.

                  Learning                                    Communication
During the time that your child has spent       In order to support your child’s learning,
at pre-school, the Foundation Stage             it is important to share information with
Curriculum will have been supporting their      the teacher/school. This may include:
learning. It is designed to support
children’s development from 3 to 5 years           Changes in family circumstances which
of age. This curriculum will continue until         may affect your child’s learning: (This
the end of the reception year and is                information will be treated
based on children learning through play.            confidentially.)
                                                   Read newsletters for information on
A Record of Transfer document will be               school events, trips etc.
completed by your child’s pre-school/child         Attend parents/carers meetings to
minder/nursery which is a summary of                discuss your child’s development.
your child’s achievements/development.             Contact the school if your child is ill
It is important for you to sign this so             and are unable to attend.
that it may be shared with the school.
    Top tips for supporting your child’s transition - Parents

    Self-help skills - Your child can practice the following skills:

        Using the toilet and washing their hands independently.
        Wiping their nose AND putting their tissue in the bin!
        Using a knife and fork.
        Dressing and undressing.
        Hanging up their coat (a loop sewn into coats makes this easier).

    Social skills - You can help to develop your child’s social skills by:

        Invite other children round to play who will be going to the same school.
        Letting your child get used to being away from you. This can lessen any anxiety they
         may feel.
        Play games to encourage sharing and turn taking – don’t always let them win!
        Encouraging them to tidy up. At school they will be encouraged to “choose and put
        Encouraging them to say please and thank you.

    Talking and listening - Spend time talking and listening to your child:

        Join in with your child’s play.
        Sing nursery rhymes and songs.
        Read stories and share books, listen to CDs and tapes together.
        Visit the library regularly.
        Involve them in doing jobs such as helping with the shopping,
         helping lay the table, sorting the washing.

    Routines - Please remember your child will get tired. They will need some time to relax
     (i.e. bath time, story time).

            Have a good bedtime routine (e.g. bath, story, bed) and ensure they get enough
            Ensure they eat breakfast before coming to school.
            Try to ensure you are always on time for school.

    Other ways to support your child

        If you do write with your child, please use lower case, not capital letters.
        Find out how long lunchtime lasts for and help your child get used to eating within a set
        If your child has a packed lunch, provide easy-to-open containers.
                 What can the pre-school do?

Visits                                        Communication with parents

   Arrange to visit the local school/s          Arrange a time/meeting for you to
    with the children for a brief visit.          share information about how they can
   Take them on a short tour of the              support their children through the
    building and grounds pointing out             transition and give parents the
    places such as the playgrounds, toilets       opportunity to ask questions or discuss
    and where they will eat dinner etc.           concerns.
   Take some photos which you can use
    back at the setting to discuss and           Complete the Record of Transfer
    share with the children.                      document for the children and provide
   If possible send pre-school staff to          a time for parents to come and discuss
    accompany the children when they are          this with you. Again this is a great
    invited for taster sessions etc with          opportunity for any concerns or
    their parents.                                worries to be discussed.

Learning                                      Communication with the school

   Continue to develop the children’s           Invite the local reception teachers to
    self-help skills eg.                          visit the pre-school and meet the
   Using the toilet independently and
    washing hands                                Complete and send the Record of
                                                  Transfer documents and follow up with
   Having a packed lunch in a set time           the school to check that they have
    where they can open packages etc              actually received them.

   Developing putting on and taking off
    clothes ( through opportunities in the
    role play etc)
       Top tips for supporting transition – Settings

   Make a short “All About Me” book about the things the children enjoy, which may include
    photographs, paintings and drawings.

   Have a selection and resources about starting school and use throughout the curriculum,
    e.g. some examples of school uniform in the role play area, persona dolls in circle time etc.

   Celebrate the children’s achievements by reviewing the different strengths of the children
    through their profiles/portfolios.

   Use your observations and knowledge of the children to complete the record of transfer.
    Write about the children’s interests, strengths and personality.

   Provide opportunities for children to stay and have a packed lunch.

   Encourage children to make decisions and choices independently.

   Borrow some resources from the local reception class that can be shared with the children
    and returned when they start school.

   Share photographs with the children of key members of staff at their new school.
                  What can the school do?


   Contact the local pre-schools and arrange for the foundation stage staff to
    visit to meet the children, share resources and ideas and talk to practitioners.
   Where possible, provide home visits where questions parents may have can be
    answered and staff can get to know the child in their own familiar environment.
    Staff may also support parents who need assistance in completing any necessary
    forms on these visits.
   Organise taster sessions at the school for the children and their families.
    These could include story times in the classroom, access to the outdoor area and
    information sessions for parents, which could include videos and displays.
   Organise tours of the school and introduce key members of staff. This could be
    supported with a photograph board so staff can be easily identified in the school.

   In order to support the whole induction process, consider these points:

       o Invite pre-school practitioners and children as regularly as you can
             To use the outdoor area
             To play in the classroom
             To school shows and events

       o Invite pre-school practitioners to visit without the children
             To become familiar with the school environment and routine
             To see how the foundation stage is continued through the
               environment and activities etc.

       o Use the record of transfer as a starting point for the Foundation
         Stage Profile

       o Provide feedback to the pre-school on
             Record of transfer
             Information on how the children have settled and any
               achievements they may have made – it is always nice to hear
               how well the children are doing
    Top tips for supporting transition - Schools

   Arrange for some of the current children in the school to write “Welcome”
    letters or cards to the new children.

   Display photographs of the routines, e.g. playtimes, lunchtime, assemblies, to
    support the children.

   Display photographs of the classroom areas, activities and resources, both inside
    and out.

   Arrange a “buddy” system for new children, where children could paired up with
    an appropriate older student within the school.

   Ask parents to complete a simple questionnaire to provide feedback on the
    transition process once their children have settled in.

   After the initial settling in period, arrange an opportunity for an individual
    meeting where parents and their child can meet with the teacher to discuss any

    Inform parents and local pre-schools about how early literacy and handwriting
    skills are developed and provide copies of handwriting formation sheets.

   Make an “All about our school” book with the current reception class children to
    share with the new children.
                  Libraries in Swanley and District

                      Library                                    Opening Times

    Swanley Library                             Sunday – Closed
    London Road, Swanley,                       Monday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
    BR8 7AE                                     Tuesday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
                                                Wednesday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
    01322 662570                                Thursday – 9.30am - 5.30pm
                                                Friday - 9.30am - 6.00pm           Saturday - 9.00am - 4.00pm
    West Kingsdown Library,                     Sunday – Closed
    Gamecock Meadow,                            Monday – Closed
    London Road, West Kingsdown,                Tuesday - 1.00pm - 7.00pm
    TN15 6EL                                    Wednesday - Closed
                                                Thursday - 1.00pm - 5.30pm
    01474 854623                                Friday - 9.00am - 1.30pm
                                                Saturday – 10.00am - 2.00pm

                                Useful publications
   Going to School – Usborne First Experiences
   Rosie’s First Day at School – Rosemary Stone
   Starting School – Allan & Janet Ahlberg
   Spot Goes to School – Eric Hill
   Topsy and Tim Start School – Jean and Gareth Adamson
   I Am Too Absolutely Small for School – Lauren Child
   Billy and the Big New School – Catherine & Laurence Anholt

These booklets are available free of charge from DCSF Publications
Tel: 0845 60 22 60
E-mail: (ref: PKHEY1)

   Your child’s learning and development 0-5
   What your child is learning at school 5-7

For more info on the foundation stage curriculum:
                        Notes Page

Please feel free to use this page for any notes or
questions you may have regarding your child’s

Questions for setting

Questions for school

Other queries

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