A) Transitions experienced by all children
Children and young people will all have transitions in common throughout their lives.

• Starting school for a child is the first transition they experience. Separation from their parents and familiar environment makes the period unsettling for the child, as well as the parents/carers. With this is mind, children who attend the preschool element of the
School become aware of the new surroundings and time away from parents is minimum. This allows the transition, from pre-school to reception much easier.

• Moving from a primary school to a secondary school - Throughout this process, exams take place at the end of the primary years which will assess the next stage in their new school setting. These exams, as well as the thought of going to a new school, are a huge transition for an 11 year old. Not only will they have to deal with a new school setting, but also new teachers, transitions of movement around the school and within classes. Meeting new children from other schools and having to make new friends is also an emotional issue to a child. It can be a very frightening experience as they will be facing the unknown in their settling in period of the new school.
In order that the transition period run as smooth as possible for these 11 year olds, the Primary school will have talks with the children and support them with any anxiety problems they are undergoing. Visits to the new school is arranged, where they can meet some of the teachers and have a tour of the premises. Meeting the needs of these children allows the transition to run as smooth as possible.

• Puberty – All children from the age of 10 upwards will go through puberty. The body starts to change and the hormones make the child feel and act differently. The children may need support and reassurance from adults as this happens, as confidence may be lost. Children are particularly vulnerable if going through puberty when leaving primary on to secondary...