Child & Young People

Huw Birdsey unit 343 Transitions & Development

What are transitions?

Transitions are changes that take place in our life; changes that move us from one stage to another, for example from being single to being married, or from being unemployed to being in work.
Transitions are an essential part of growing up and the most important ones happen when we are babies and young children.

‘ is important to understand a the context of their life, to recognize and understand the impact of any transitions they may be going through.’

Experience of transitions
All of these transitions present the child with challenges. Of course, the child doesn’t usually have to go through the transitions on his own; he will be supported by those around him at home or in day care, or in education or in our case residential care. However, the experience of going through the transition will depend on the kind of response and support he gets from those around him especially us his/her carer. We must also keep in mind the fact that a child’s early experiences of transitions will have a big effect on how he handles transitions at later stages of his life.

Types of transitions


Puberty is a major transition that all children at some point, will have to go through. It can be a difficult time for both sexes emotionally, socially and physically. Behaviour will change and so will their physical appearance, which may cause them to feel insecure, especially if they are female I have not noticed this so much in our home as we have not had females of this age, but the female who was with us was in her own surroundings urinating (nesting) in her bedroom but when she was going out took pride in how she looked. Peer approval will become increasingly important and may be related to physical development, the female and a male who recently joined our home tried to have a relationship but this was not allowed by us, but she in her actions and the things she...