Transitions from home to nursery or from nursery to primary school can be challenging for some children. When transitions work well they help children to develop confidence and acquire skills to manage future changes in their lives.
In Kylemore Nursery School we want to provide support from the earliest stages in Education for Life. Thanks to DSD Neighbourhood Renewal funding we now have an additional member of staff who supports families - especially during Transition. Agnieszka, our Transition support worker, works with families in the nursery, who have worries about their children. She also offers guidance and a 'listening ear' to families and children where English is not their first language.
She supports language development every day with children in nursery. She also works for part of the year in St.John`s Primary School and Killowen Primary School. Through simple games and songs she helps children to build their vocabulary, confidence and communication skills. This term her role will also include liaising with families and children transferring from the 2 year old programme to our school in September.
Parental involvement in a child`s learning is extremely powerful, so Agnieszka organises workshops for parents and children. Sharing learning experiences can be an important part of support, as families gain the skills and confidence to support their child’s learning at home through play and everyday activities.
During the workshops in Kylemore parents have an opportunity to work with their child and also share ideas as they work. They can also meet other families and share experiences. The workshops are a great opportunity for parents and children to have some “me” time together. Positive feedback about our workshops has been encouraging andthose parents who have come along have really enjoyed them.
There are a few more planned for this term so keep an eye out!!