MODULE 2: How to engage children & families in developing transitional practices?
Warm and inclusive transitional practices are in the first place practices that are developed from the needs of children and families in a specific context. How do children and families experience the transition period from home to ECEC, from childcare to preschool or from ECEC to primary school. What can we as professionals learn from their diverse experiences, emotions, and thoughts to make the transition more smooth. This is not an easy endeavour as from an institutional perspective families often found themselves in a silenced, subordinate position. Observing children’s — often perceived by professionals as — ‘anarchistic’ behaviour in the starting school period and talking to children can give you so much input on how to organise more pedagogical continuity for them.
When the voices of children and families are the starting point in developing transitional practices, staff will receive positive and critical feedback from children and families. This in return can give them a boost in continuing their efforts to organise the transition periods differently than before.
Below you will find materials that can help you support teams in gaining more insight on the experiences and voices of children and parents in transition.