Small changes can feel like big deals for children, and transitions and changes to routine and environment is something to navigate together, to help them feel confident to move through it. Your child may be excited about moving up into a new room, but some children can find it a little more challenging.
A new room will mean getting familiar with a new space, new educators, and new routines. Setting your child up to feel confident with change and new environments from an early age will be a skill that they take with them through the rest of their growing lives.
So how do we prepare your child for adapting to transitions, and what do we need to consider?
- Is your child ready? It’s important to consider your child’s own stage of development and their wellbeing, not just their age.
- How long will your child be in the new room? Is it worth postponing or moving up early to fit in with the enrolment calendar?
- How is your child in their current room? Do they seem to have outgrown the activities and challenges, or are disadvantaged in some way, perhaps either physically or emotionally?
What you can do the help your child have an easier transition experience
- Talk about the transition with your child
- Introduce yourself and your child to the new educators
- If possible, show them the new room and explain to your child “this is going to be your new room”
- Talk with your centres’ educators and discuss if it is the right time and choice for your child
Your child’s individual needs and care are as unique as their personality. Our priority is always considering your child’s journey as a whole, and will always place importance on nurturing their own growth and development before discussing transitioning them up into a new room.
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