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Transitions and Times of Change

Change is a normal part of life, but it can feel difficult for children and young people to cope with. We have information and practical tips to help you support your child during a time of transition or change.

Effective transitions are important for children’s emotional well-being and achievement, and planning for these transitions is fundamental to effective school practice, whether a child is transitioning into Reception, transitioning to secondary school or moving between schools. 

At Steyning C of E Primary we strive to support your child to have successful and positive transition experience. Please see the links below for agencies that can support you to help your child with transition.

Transition Tips:

Signs your child may be struggling

You know your child better than anybody else. It’s important to act on the warning signs if you start to feel concerned.

Look out for a change in things like sleeping or eating habits.

  • Communicate with your child if you’ve seen these signs.
  • Keep going, even if it feels like you’re not getting through to them.
  • Contact your GP or school about the warning signs if things don’t improve.

Be part of the solution

As a parent, be part of the solution. There are a number of things you can do to support your child, whether that be helping them plan, problem-solve, or develop a sense of hope for the future.

  • Get interested in what your child is doing.
  • Open up conversations about what they’re involved in.
  • Keep an eye on pressure points.

Be your child's anchor

If your child is experiencing problems or going through significant change, it’s important that you can be an anchor for them.

  • Being an anchor will be reassuring if things are changing.
  • Maintain hobbies and routines.
  • Be a sense of hope by encouraging them.

Look after yourself

  • Recognise when you’re finding things hard.
  • Talk to family and friends about how things are.
  • Don’t blame yourself - it is not your fault.
  • Recharge your batteries and relax.

Signposting for parents:

Early Years Transition West Sussex

Transition from Primary to Secondary school

Anna Freud Centre Supporting Transition Early Years Alliance 'Hello Big School'

Supporting Transition for Refugees and Asylum Seekers