Designed to facilitate professional development and critical reflection in the leadership of services for children and families, this book will enhance the understanding of readers from a range of disciplines and at varying levels of study. Packed with case studies depicting the experiences of children and their families in transition and exploring a wide range of scenarios, the chapters:

Explore transitions from a range of perspectives; Discuss the value of developing collaborative practice in deepening awareness of children's views and experiences; Explore the impact of practitioner inquiry; Look at examples of contemporary practice; Consider the ethics, policies and law relating to current issues; Enrich the reader's understanding of professional responsibility

Each chapter contains a chapter overview, a case study and suggestions for further reading. This book is relevant to all practitioners working with young children and their families and to all those studying early childhood.

From Nursery to Reception

From nursery to reception

Chapter Overview

This chapter considers whether or not two primary schools, within a mile of each other, give equal support to children moving from nursery to reception, regardless of the work status of parents, and if this support influences the transition experience for children and families. It explores the first few weeks of transition through the eyes of two children in a case study. One child, Sally, is moving from private nursery to a state-sector school, and the other, Josh, is remaining at the same school but moving from nursery to reception. The case study provides an illustration of the differences in the way transitions occur depending on whether they take place within an organisation or from one setting ...

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