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Transitions policy

At Joeys we aim to make the transition from home to nursery, nursery to Out of School Club or Koala room to Little Jumpers Room as smooth as possible, with the child’s needs and well-being our primary concern.


Children starting at Joeys

·      We will discuss your child’s needs and visits with you,

·      We will offer visits which fit in with the family,

·      Each child’s transition will vary depending on the child and circumstances,

·      There will not be any pressure for you to leave your child until you feel happy to do so,

·      Children who have attended a setting previously often settle quicker and require less visits,

·      We do suggest that children attend a minimum of two 3hr sessions per week, as children settle better. It is a long time in a child’s life from one week to the next and they can become unsettled all over again; this also helps staff develop relationships with their key children.


Suggested minimum visits - new children

·      1/2 hr with parents

·      1 hr without parent

·      1 session without parent (2½  hrs) e.g. 9-11.30

·      Start normal booked sessions

(All these are flexible to individual needs)



Transition between Koala room and Little Jumpers room

·      Children are normally in the koala room up to the age of two however in some instances the manager may feel it is in the best interests of the child to move up early. If this is the case the manager will discuss with the child’s key worker and the parent/s. If it is agreed that this would be in the best interests of the child the transition, like any will be handled sensitively. The ratio of 1:3 will be maintained until the child turns 2 regardless of which room they are in and therefore the cost would remain the same. 

·      We usually issue transition letters to parents (around 6 weeks before 2nd birthday) unless the child is moving up early and a meeting would be held to discuss this. We also encourage parents to book an accompanied visit to the Little Jumpers’ Room.

·      This is a major transition in some children’s lives, going from a small room with 5 others to a large room with up to 20+ others. It will be done supportively and sensitively.

·      Visits will start several weeks before the final move.

·      Parents will be encouraged to have a least 1 visit with their child to help the transition, this is also an opportunity for parents to meet other staff who will care for their child.

·      Familiar staff will accompany the child through to the Little Jumpers room for their visits and help the hand-over to a new key person.

·      Koala Room key worker to complete key worker transition form and formally ‘hand over’ to new key worker at first visit.

·      Children will visit at different times of the day and extend their time in the Little Jumpers room with each visit. A drop off in the Little Jumpers room is usually the hardest and so this is left to one of the last visits.

·         Little Jumpers’ staff are responsible for ensuring that the child spends time inside during their visits to allow them to get used to the room properly.

·         A member of staff should be ‘assigned’ to any child visiting from the Koala Room, not necessarily to provide 1-1 care but to ensure that the child feels safe and secure in their environment.

·         Little Jumper’s staff should complete the child’s communication diary for the time of their visit, to ensure that appropriate feedback can be given to parents when they collect. This should include information relating to sleeps, nappies, snacks and/or meals, and any activities that the child has enjoyed taking part in.

·         Little Jumpers’ staff should ensure that both child and parent are welcomed on their first official day, and that parents know where to find peg/put lunch etc.



Transition between Little Jumpers room and Out of School Club

·         Children will normally attend our out of school holiday club the term after their third birthday, thereby becoming familiar with the holiday environment.

·         They will begin the breakfast and afterschool club at the beginning of reception however in the year leading up to your child starting reception we will endeavour to allow opportunities for them to visit some session.

·         The staff who work in the Out of school club and holiday will be familiar to your child as our staff work across the setting

It is of the utmost importance that both the child and the parent are confident when they move rooms.

Signed on behalf of the Milnthorpe Family Centre Management Committee.

 Katie Smyth (Manager) August 2018