What do we mean by ‘transition’?

The Cambridge dictionary says… ‘to change from one situation to another’

We use the word ‘transition’ to describe the change when children move from being at an early years setting (such as a childminder, pre-school or nursery), or being at home with their parents, to starting school (usually in Year R).

What do we mean by Year R?

Year R or Reception Class is the name given to the first year of school.

Transition Partnership Agreements (TPA)

The Transition Partnership Agreement (TPA) is a process for joint action-planning to support the transition process. This can be with parents/carers and children and young people as appropriate. It is usually transition to school, but may sometimes be transition to another setting.

The TPA is intended to support the process of ensuring that there is a cooperative and child-centred approach to meeting a child's needs. It can also form part of the evidence gathered to support a request for an Education, Health and Care assessment. It is not intended as an automatic gateway to additional funding.

The TPA is a form used to record a meeting. The success of a TPA depends on a commitment to a child and their progress, on effective communication and on positive relationships.

Find forms, guidance and 'Ready Steady School' leaflets

The “Hampshire Expects” document describes transition expectations to ensure continuity in learning and development for all EYFS children.

This includes the essential information providers need to pass on during any transition to a new setting.

The addendum shows an example of a 'Transition Roadmap' as a useful way of planning and visualising the transition process. Further information and resources can be found on the SfYC Moodle Transition tile, found in the 'Learning and Development (Advisory Team) section.

Successful starts transition guidance

Successful Starts

This transition guidance has been developed by parents and service providers to enable everyone to have easy access to information on how we can work together to provide information for early years settings, schools, parents and others who are involved in supporting children with SEND.