Transition information for childcare providers

Supporting your child's transition

As a parent or carer, your involvement is crucial for your child's transition to an education setting. For example a childminder, pre-school, nursery, or school setting.

You are your child's first teacher and know your child better than anyone else. A positive and successful transition is key to your child's journey through education. And you want to ensure everything is in place to make your child's journey successful and enjoyable.

Your setting will partner with you and your child to complete the Transition Document. The Parent/Carer comments and questions are listed below. They will help as you prepare for completing the form with your early years provider.

Child comments

What have they enjoyed?  
What they like doing?  
What they are looking forward to?  
Is the child concerned or worried about anything?

Parent comments

How does your child feel about starting their new setting?  
What will help your child to settle?
As a parent/carer, what are your concerns about the child moving to the new setting?
Additional likes and dislikes not already mentioned.

Family environment

Have you had a new baby in your family (Yes, No)?
Has your child suffered bereavement (Yes, No)?
Do you have extended family in the family home (Yes, No)?
Are there any family circumstances you wish the new setting to be aware of?
What other home language is spoken?
Is the child able to understand their home language (Yes, Some Key vocabulary, No)?
Able to speak home language (Yes, Some Key vocabulary, No)?

Health Checks

Has your child had a Dental Check?  If yes please provide the date.
If yes, please advise of the name of dentist or dental practice    
Has your child had an eye test (Yes, No?  If yes, date of last check (dd/mm/yyyy)
Has your child had a hearing test (Yes, No)? If yes, date of last check (dd/mm/yyyy)
Is your child up to date with their immunisations (Yes, No)?
Please advise of name of GP (family doctor) or GP surgery    

Parent health concerns around the child (please select as appropriate)   

  • Visual impairment   
  • Hearing impairment               
  • Overweight               
  • Underweight               
  • Growth development               
  • Oral health               
  • Social development               
  • Motor skills – fine and gross               
  • Immunisations               
  • Allergies
  • Asthma/epilepsy/diabetes
  • Communication and language skills
  • Other learning difficulties
  • Emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Disability affecting mobility
  • Temporary disability after illness
  • Self-help – toileting and eating
  • Other physical disability
  • Other (please specify below)

Further information on concerns selected above see parent flyer for transition