School Readiness and Transitions
School readiness 'gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for future progress through school life'.
At St Vincent's Nursery, we are continually providing children with the skills to be school ready. Our Early Years Teacher, Miss Riley, greatly focuses on school readiness mainly in the Pre-school room, with regular interventions in the Early Learners room to ensure that the children are ready for transition to Pre-school.
The Pre-school room offers exciting learning opportunities including focus on reading, writing and maths. Emotional well-being is key to becoming school ready; supporting the children's confidence and self-esteem results in them becoming critical thinkers and active learners who show curiosity to learn. When starting school, it is important the children are independent; we support their confidence with their self-care skills and their ability to independently dress themselves which is enhanced by PE lessons which take place during the summer term.
Communication and language skills are vital; during our daily routine the children are given never-ending opportunities to enrich their skills. Various physical activities support the children in gaining greater control with their fine motor skills and before heading off to school we aim to ensure that the children are able to independently write their name and use scissors securely.
Transition to ‘big school’ is exciting but also can be very daunting not only for the children but their parents too. To support each child’s transition to school we have put into place many transitional activities throughout the summer term. These include, for example:
- Stay and Play visits in the Reception classes, which allow the children to explore the environment inside and out
- Packed lunch in the school hall
- Joined play with Reception in the school playground
- Teachers and teaching assistants come in to read a story to the children in the Pre-school room
We work tirelessly towards achieving a smooth transition for our children into the next exciting phase of their education.
In October 2020 we sent out a survey to all parents whose child transitioned to a primary school in September to gather feedback on how they felt the transition went, despite the very challenging year. This is how parents would rate the quality of preparation for transition to school:
'Wonderful. It is the little touches that made us realise how wonderful the nursery setting is. Always looking to go the extra mile and always succeeding.'
'The whole team and especially Miss Riley assisted greatly with the transition. We felt that the ongoing emphasis on this element was excellent. There have been no problems since starting school and we feel that our daughter was adequately prepared for school life. This shows us that she was given the tools to succeed at school level.'
'My child's preparation has led to a situation where, 2 weeks in, she is picking up phonics so much that she has read 2 books at home with me. She has had no issues going into class and is excited for school every day.'
84% of parents felt that the team prepared the children and families 'extremely well' for school, both physically and emotionally, whilst the remaining 16% of parents felt 'well' prepared.
95% of parents rated the quality of care and learning opportunities as 'outstanding' whilst 5% rated it as 'good'.
100% of parents would recommend St Vincent's Nursery to others.