Transition Experienced by Children

Complete the table identifying transitions experienced by most children and young people.

Birth to three years:

• Move from crawling to walking - this transition sees children reach new perspectives on thier lives, viewing the world around them from an independantly upright position. They can obtain items with greater ease, move with increasing speed.
Supportive relationships will ensure children explore their environment safely with interest and enjoyment.

• Move from cot to bed - a child may feel insecure with new sleeping arrangements, may have disturbed sleep patterns, wake more or less frequently, be happier or more withdrawn / tired / aggressive / upset at leaving parents during the day. They may react negatively when they realise bed is the next part of their day and behaviour may regress.
Supportive relationships help to overcome these fraught, stressful times, reassuring children in ways that show it's ok to be concerned at changes -what is resilience and have knowledge of ideas that it's claimed help children establish healthy sleeping routines.

• Move from nappies to using the toilet - is a potential confidence and self esteem demoraliser. The reassurance that nappies offer can be enormous for both child and parent. Some children move effortlessly through this transition with seemingly minimal support, for others it is more difficult recognising the signs of needing the toilet, for them it can make accidents and the events that could occur in repsonse to an accident something to be dreaded and feared.

The independance that comes with using a toilet/potty alone is one of the firsts for the responsibilities involved with managing own care routines. Supportive relationships understand when an accident happens, and shows that it's okay. That they can be cleaned up, everyone moves on and ressurance is given for trying again the next time.

• Starting nursery -
Where children are unaccustomed to leaving parents or are feeling unwell,...