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Transition to Reception - Practical Ideas

Parents - Transition to Reception is thankfully still a long time away but we wrote this list of some ideas last year and thought it might give you some long term goals to work towards with your child...

Transition to Reception

In conjunction with the Reception teachers we have put together a list of practical ideas to help your child prepare for the day in Reception.  There will, of course, always be an adult available to help your child but it makes them feel so much more empowered to be able to do what is being asked of them independently.

Some ideas to make the transition to Reception easier for your child...

  • Knows how to ask for help.  If your child is of a quieter nature then practise specific things to say.  'Please can you help me to do up my coat?' 'Please can you help me to find my drinks bottle?' 'What do I need to do now?'
  • Knows their full name, class and teacher's name.  Discuss who they would ask if they were unsure of what to do.  All school staff wear identification lanyards.
  • Can put on own coat, put up hood and manage to open and close zip/poppers.
  • Knows how to find and recognise their name in their coat so that they can check it is theirs.
  • Can take off and put on own shoes, tights and socks.  You might like to think about the clothing your child wears to school on PE and Games days to make it easier for them to change independently.
  • Can use the toilet independently and thoroughly wash their hands.
  • Can take snack, lunch box and drinks bottle out of own bag, and put them back in again.  
  • Knows what each item they are taking to school looks like.  Sounds daft I know but please check they can identify from a line up their own lunch box, drinks bottle, coat, shoes...
  • Knows where their name is on each item to check it is their own.
  • Can open every item of food and drink independently. 
  • Can dress for PE and Games.  Practise making sure they can correct clothes if inside out and how to fold them in a pile so that they are easily found for changing back into.  Make sure your child can identify their own garments by finding their name labels.
  • When you are discussing the basic structure of the day remember there will be activities and playing after lunch, then you will be there to collect them.  Children in the past have been upset that parents said were collecting them 'after lunch' and didn't understand why they were not immediately taken home when they finished their sandwiches!
  • Can recognise their own name amongst others.  Also, if your child is known by a shortened version of their full name it would be helpful if they knew and recognised their 'full' name too.
  • Help them to practise writing their name on the back of any sheets or drawings done over the summer.