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Transition to School Programmes in ECE Centres and What Teachers Can Do to Support Children Starting School
By Lisa Almeida
Lisa Almeida has been involved in a transition to school programme for the past 5 years in her early childhood centre.
In this article she shares her learning, discoveries and ideas for teachers who are supporting children to transition to school.
My experience has taught me that if the child’s transition to school is to be a success the importance of a reciprocal inter-relationship between parents, early childhood teachers, the primary school, and the child cannot be emphasised enough.
Transition to school is an important emotional time for children and their families. Many research studies have pointed to the success of this transition time as a critical influence on how well the child does in their school career.
The difficulty for the child is that in making the transition there is much to deal with. A change in a social context, a shift of expectations, the need to adapt to change and the stress of sudden accelerated development or ‘growing up’.
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