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Supporting Children Experiencing Transitions and Significant Events in The Early Years Sector.
A child's life today is so much more hectic than ever before, it is our job to provide support and care to each and every child, understanding that all children are unique. Transitions are milestone events and have a definite effect on their development, some positive and others negative. Children with positive relationships during periods of transition can have a long term positive impact on their ability to cope and be more resilient, good transitions early on in life will make it easier to face transitions as they get older. Negative and unstable relationships will chip away at a child's confidence and make them wary about all types of change instead of seeing them as character building milestones, they are likely to rebel and display signs of resentment and anger.
Starting and Moving through Daycare
Going from spending all their time with their parent or carer to spending a few hours at daycare or nursery is one of the biggest transitions a child will face. They will naturally feel scared and lost when left in the care of new adults so it is important to ease them into it as best we can. Parents and children can attend weekly sessions with the care provider in the run up to their start date, being involved with other children already attending day care or nursery and building a relationship with staff will hopefully help them feel more at ease when the time comes for them to spend mornings or afternoons there without their parents. Encouraging children to make choices and become independent through child initiated play supported by responsible adults really helps them to become more confident and build their character. Children can become upset when separated from parents for the first time, they can seem withdrawn and isolate themselves from the rest of the children. Reassuring them that it is alright to be upset and that you understand how much they love their parent or carer will show them that you are there to look after them too. Showing the child you have fun activities planned and asking them if they would like to join you will encourage their sense of independence and begin understanding how they can lead their own learning.
Moving to School
Moving to full time schooling is a massive step for young children, it is a period of time that will be filled with a range of emotions, a child is likely to feel anxious and nervous when facing change. All persons responsible for helping a child through this transition should treat it as an ongoing journey and not just a one off event as it is likely to take a while for children to adjust to the different setting or the length of time away from home. It is natural for a child to be worried and unsure at first when moving into full time school so it is vital to make it a positive experience. We can do this by showing children around their new classroom, displaying examples of all the new and exciting projects they will be starting when they begin their next stage of school life, meeting their new teachers and maybe even having a taster day prior to their actual start date so they are fully aware of what to expect. Parents or carers play a key role in supporting their child through their transition into a