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Managing transitions – joining and leaving our school

Our EYFS leader visits other nurseries to observe the children and collect information before they move into our Reception classes.  We always encourage parents to visit our school and look at the classes before they start. We plan carefully to help children settle in quickly and feel safe.  We have taster sessions in nursery with parents welcome, settling in days, lunch-time visits and playground visits. Children joining reception come and meet their new teacher before the summer holiday.

The school will ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities are included fully in the classroom. Extra training and advice from specialists will be sought prior to the child starting if needed. Children starting at King's Ford infants school with an EHCP will be provided with a key worker on admission. or a soon as possible thereafter.

 When a child moves up to the next class, we organise “Hand-Over” meetings where teachers and support staff make sure that the new teacher and LSA have a clear understanding of the needs of all children. If necessary we also provide an opportunity for parents and their children with SEND to meet the new teacher and LSA before the start of the school year. Children will be able to visit the new classroom and get to know the new adults who will be teaching and supporting them. When a child comes to our school in the middle of a term, we plan a range of support – depending on the particular needs of each child. This often involves a team of “Buddies” to help her/him settle in to the new class and provide help to find their way around the school.


Other  Transitions

The key focus

Who involved

What we do

Infant to Junior for children with EHC plans

Support for move to new building and curriculum

Support for friendships and well being
Planning support for learning




Ensure child attends Induction days

Hold Transition meetings with parents and staff

Visits to the new school

Junior SENDCO attends Year 2 Annual Reviews


Mid-term admissions

Support for coming to a new school  e.g. learning, friendships and well-being





Class teachers



Meet pupil and parents

Assess needs

Go through classroom routines and weekly timetable

Tour the school

Give initial support  when needed and assign friendship buddies


100% of parents strongly agree or agree that the school is preparing their child well for the next stage in their education



Q.What happens when my child – who has a SEN support or an Education Health Care plan - moves on to the junior school?

A. We invite parents and the SENDCO from the other school to a transition meeting in the summer term before the child leaves. We then provide extra escorted and supported visits to the new school if helpful for the child.

Q.What might change about my child’s support when he moves to another school?

A. Our SENDCO will make sure that the other school is fully aware of his needs and explains what was most effective and successful for him in here. 

Q. How do I find out about who the new point of contact will be in the new school?

A. You should request a meeting with the next school’s SENDCO. The SENDCO holds all the records on children with SEND new to the school.