Early years support and help with school transition

Early years support and help with school transition

School-Home Support want all children to be supported effectively during school transitions. Our ‘Ready For School (RFS)’ and ‘Ready For Secondary School (RFSS)’ workshops support parents to understand the importance of their child(ren) being “ready” for the next stage of their education.

For those working in schools with responsibility for transition support, our Effectively Supporting Transition workshop and FreshStart Toolkit provides a wealth of transition strategies and activities for those responsible for supporting children in schools.

SHS’s focus through its training provision and practitioner services is to advocate early intervention and a variety of strategies including parental engagement to increase the capacity of all children to cope with transitions, and give them both the positive experience of managing change and the belief in their skills to overcome adverse circumstances.  SHS want all children to be in school, ready to learn and to be supported effectively during of transition, whenever they occur.

What does the programme cover?

SessionObjectives of session
Workshop one
  • Identify types of transitions faced by families.
  • What does ready for school mean.
  • What are the different school roles and the expectations for children within the school.
  • How to address concerns.
Workshop two
  • How can parents support children to be ready for school.
  • Identify barriers to successful transitions and strategies to overcome them.
  • Explore how the home environment impacts on school transitions.
Workshop three
  • Strategies to empower parents to support the emotional and social impact of school on their children.
  • Sustaining positive relationships with families and professionals.

Impact of Ready for School

Before attending the workshops 85% of parents who took part in our pilot said they had a low or mid level of knowledge and confidence with regards to being prepared for their children to start at school. After attending the programme, 100% of parents said they had a mid or high level of knowledge or confidence.

We recently spoke to Regina, a mother who had completed her first Ready for Secondary School session that day. See what she had to say about the course:

Get involved

Having had really positive feedback from the initial pilot we are now seeking funding to pilot our ‘Ready for School’ workshops more widely. Our thanks to the following funders who are supporting us in this pilot phase:

hi_big_e_min_pinkRichard Reeve’s Foundation
Allen & Overy
Hornsey Parochial Charities
Aston Mansfield
GE
Clifford Chance
Awards for All

We are currently seeking funding to run pilot workshops in 10 more locations. Schools, children’s centres or nurseries interested in hosting subsidised ‘Ready for School’ workshops are invited to contact us for more information. Please contact training@shs.org.uk.