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The Importance of Smooth Transitions and Routines

Transitions and routines are top of mind at DMW at the moment! Routine and transitions go hand in hand. Whether your child is transitioning to the next room for their next stage of learning, off to big school or even attending a new early learning setting, transitions and how we approach them are important to how well children settle in, separate and learn happily. As educators, we are experienced in creating smooth, predictable transitions that allow time for children to attach to their educators.

Circle of Security

At DMW there is a strong focus on using the “Circle of Security” philosophy to build attachments.

“A secure attachment between child and caregiver is critical to a child’s current and future well being. University-based research has shown that secure children have increased empathy, greater self esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enter school more ready to learn, and are able to handle their emotions better than their less secure peers. As they grow older, secure children become less likely to live in poverty, have legal problems, or experience chronic emotional difficulties”.

Transitions at DMW

Transitions at DMW will include visits during December, to the children’s new rooms and meeting their teachers. Each room has a visual routine, to help children to see what their day entails and to reduce anxious thoughts about separating.

“Routines and transitions enable young children to anticipate what happens next and gives them a great deal of control over what they do during of the day. When used effectively routines and transitions welcome children, connect the daily activities and help keep children focused. Routines and transitions provide ample opportunities for social development including turn taking, empathy and respect for others”.

Some examples of transitions and routines throughout our day include arrival, meal times, group experiences,

excursions and incursions, bathroom/toileting, self-selected activities, rest time, packing away and farewell, emergency drills and school visits.

We use strategies such as:

  • Warning the children before transitions occur (ie. with a bell, tambourine or song)

  • Sensory visuals

  • Moving children in smaller groups

  • Reduced waiting times

  • Talking with the children about what will happen next

Strategies for families:

  • Talk with your child about their new teachers for 2020

  • Show them a photo of their new educators (display located in our foyer)

  • Go through the visual routine with them

  • Use visuals, pictures or calendars at home such as a ‘Monday to Sunday’ routine chart, so children see the plan for each day

If you have any questions about your child's transition plan for 2020, please speak to one of our educators! We look forward to another fantastic year of learning and discovery.

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