In this assignment, I will discuss the importance of the contribution of parents/ carers during school transitions and the importance of partnership working during this transition too. Partnership working is when two or more agencies come together to share information and work together to provide the best possible outcome for children. Partnership working is important as it helps the needs of individual children to be met, it helps to set routines to prepare for transitions, it provides opportunities to discuss children’s development, interests, likes, dislikes, and any areas for improvement, it also reassures all agencies involved that this child will reach their potential and feel safe doing it. “For working in partnership to be successfull, it has to be on the basis that the contributions of each person or organisation are as valued and valuable as each other” (1).Partnership working inspires new ideas, build information, provides more opportunities, and strengthens relationships between the agencies to ensure that any future problems will be dealt with effectively (2).
School transitions take place over a long period of time, they begin before the transition and they continue through the transition and then they end when the child is way into the school year, transitions are a gradual process all about preparing the child and settling them into this new routine in their lives. It’s important to really take care when going through a new transition with a child as this will shape how their year of school will go. The way that the child is settled in has a large effect on how the child will view school as a whole.
There are quite a few professionals involved in the transition to school such as teachers, the key worker from the child’s previous setting, the head teacher, staff teams, social workers and any therapists or specialists the child may have. All of these professionals play an important role in the transition when it comes to information...