Transition from pre-school to primary school is a big step for both children and parents and can be a stressful time. We aim to prepare all the children for the next step in their academic journey by providing them with resources and many opportunities throughout their final year at pre-school to familiarise themselves with the school and the teaching staff.

The pre-school is situated in the primary school grounds, allowing us many opportunites to visit the school throughout the year, including school lunches in the canteen all year, watching the school nativity, an Easter egg hunt and regular transition visits during the last term.

Parents are provided a 'Moving On' leaflet containing valuable information about transition.



Information to support parents and carers with their child’s transition from pre-school into reception class.


We acknowledge that transition can be a very stressful time for both parents and children. The pre-school is here to support you and your child through this period, we will do all we can to support you through the transition. Please feel free to approach a member of staff with any questions or queries that you may have.


We work in partnership with the school in preparing your child for a stress-free transition by;

  • Organising a joint Easter egg hunt with the reception class.
  • Opportunities to have a school lunch.
  • An end of term fun day and play sessions held at the school.
  • Meet the teacher session.
  • Reception class teacher home visits.
  • Information will be given out as and when these events occur.


The pre-school prepares the children in the following ways;

  • Adopt the same routines as the school.
  • Talk about school expectations, through stories and circle time.
  • Encourage children to be independent, by meeting their own needs, i.e. Dressing and undressing, putting on outdoor clothing, personal hygiene (wiping bottoms), carrying their own belongings.
  • Encouraging your child to bring only pocket-sized toys.
  • Ask parents/carers to wean children off dummies and comforters.

It would be helpful if parents/carers could talk with their children about their emotions and views concerning going to school. If you would like to support your child’s learning and development at home, please feel free to ask for advice that may be helpful to you and your child, i.e. correct letter and number formation sheets. If parents/carers could also get into the routine of naming their child’s clothing, lunchbox etc, as they will be expected to find their own belongings once in school.

To prepare children and parents for the change in entry to the class at registration time, the pre-school staff would like to ask that you say goodbye at the playroom door starting from the summer term (after the Easter break). We would appreciate it if you would not look through the window as this can make a chid upset. We would like to re-assure you that all the staff have experience of handling distressed children and have strategies for coping. Please do not hesitate to phone us if you are worried or concerned. Our policy is always to phone you after 15 minutes if your child is unduly distressed or will not settle.

By the middle of April, you should have received conformation of your child’s place at the school of your choice, if not please contact Cornwall Council.

We hope you find this leaflet helpful and would like to reiterate that we are here to support you and your child with their next stage in their learning journey.



                                  Transition Board

Our transiton board gives the children the opportunity to look at photographs of the reception class teachers, their classroom and other areas within the school. They also have different pieces of the school uniform and PE kit  to try on and wear.


                 End of term fun day.

The reception class and their teaching staff are invited to the Pre-school for an end of summer term fun session. Last year they had a bouncy castle, games such as 'Hook a duck', bubbbles and a picnic.

Bubble blowing.

Afternoon tea picnic.

Playing pirates in the pre-school boat.

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