Preparing Children For Starting Big School – Be Prepared To Get The Most Out Of Your Child’s School Transition Arrangements

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By Jo and Lisa, Early Years Professionals, in The Yorkshire Times.


Starting school is an important milestone in any child and family’s life. With this in mind most schools offer some form of information or orientation sessions and preschool workshops. Being prepared for these is the key to getting the most out of what is on offer.

Information/Orientation sessions give an opportunity for everyone to meet each other and form an important part of the transition process.

Schools will provide families with an information pack but it is useful to have a list of questions in mind when attending sessions just in case they are not covered.

Our suggestions

Who are the adults that my child will come in contact with?
Does the school provide a ‘My School’ booklet for new children and does this contain photos of staff with their names?
Can we visit the classroom before the summer holidays? Some run preschool workshops in the classroom.
Does my child’s class have a designated playground and how much of the day is spent with access to outside areas?
What are the daily routines? Are bells rung and are they loud?
What are the drop off and pick up times?


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