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School Readiness

Starting nursery or school can be an anxious time for you and your child. Going to a new place with new people and expectations can be scary. We want to help you to make sure your child is prepared for this new chapter in their lives.

Stevenage Children’s Centres will be holding a number of drop in sessions and workshops during the summer term 2018 focusing on how you can help to prepare your child for nursery or reception. At these sessions we will discuss the 10 key skills which Stevenage schools feel will be helpful for children to learn when starting school. They will also offer practical advice and tips of simple activities you can do at home to help your child to be ready.

If you feel that you or your child may benefit from Early Years transition support, please speak to your child’s preschool or nursery. Alternatively, or if they are not currently in a setting, please contact your local Children’s Centre and ask to speak to the Early Years Transition Worker.

What is an Early Years Transition Worker?

An Early Years Transition Worker can help you and your child make the transition to preschool, nursery and reception a smooth process. We work in partnership with early years settings in Stevenage to identify children who might need additional support to settle into their new environment. This may be due to concerns with regards to developmental, emotional or social needs—such as social or separation anxiety, negative behaviour, speech and language or developmental delay, or any diagnosed additional need.

Why your setting might make a referral

Your preschool or nursery setting may make a referral if they feel that you and your child could benefit from additional support from us or services provided by the Children’s Centre. They will always discuss the referral with you beforehand.

How can we help?

We will meet with you, and your child’s setting, to discuss what we can do to help prepare your child for their transition.

Our support may include:

  • Accompanying you to school and setting visits, meetings and appointments to help you share information about your child’s needs
  • Ensuring where necessary that the new setting has all the relevant information it needs, so that any appropriate adjustments can be made for individual children
  • Sharing resources for use at home, which may include transition books or visual timetables
  • Signposting you to other relevant professionals and services, who may also provide specialist support
  • Supporting you to attend groups and courses which may benefit you and your child
  • Providing practical support, advice and new strategies to try at home