Transition to school
Planning for transition to school
Transitions can be a difficult time for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, moving up into a different room in nursery or moving to school needs to be carefully planned for and managed to support the child’s individual needs.
Most children will have their reception place confirmed around April. It is important to make contact with the school to begin to make plans for their transition as soon as possible after this date. You may choose to have a meeting to plan this transition, inviting the child’s parents, key person, SENCO and/or teacher from the new setting, to discuss how you will manage the transition process.
It is important that, with parental consent, you share your records of SEN Support and Early Help Assessment with the new setting so that they are able to see how far the child has come and what support is in place. At your meeting, you can decide at what point the Early Help Assessment will be transferred onto the new Lead Professional at the new setting.
From mid April, the parents of pre-school children will have learned which primary school has been allocated to their child for the following September.
This means that you can, and should, then start to put together a plan to make that transition as smooth as possible for all children, but particularly for any child with identified SEND.
We have put together a range of things to help you. If you are working with a child who has SEND, you should;
- Consider the Transition Timeline Document and plan for the things that need to be done.
- Talk with the child’s parents about their new school and begin to draft up a plan of the ways in which transition will be supported. A template for this with ideas to help you can be found here.
- Complete the Transition Information Form and share this with the receiving mainstream school. If the child receives Early Years Inclusion Fund, you must also send it to the Start Well SEND inbox at firstname.lastname@example.org by that date.
- Access any training and support offered around transitioning to school.
If the child is receiving Early Years Inclusion Fund or is on the caseload from Ladywood Outreach, then you will be contacted early in the summer term by either the Start Well SEND Team or Ladywood to offer you support and more ideas around the process.
Please contact the Start Well SEND Team at anytime if you need anything at all to help you ensure that our children enjoy the beginning of their time in primary school and that they and their parents feel well supported.
Start Well Service
Tel: 01204 338149
Ladywood Outreach Team (at Ladywood School)
Tel: 01204 333400
Early Years SEND transition funding for schools
Process of Application for EY SEND Transition Funding
Early Years Inclusion Fund (EYIF) is used to support all funded 2, 3- and 4-year olds with additional needs who need additional adult support through enhanced staffing levels to meet their needs within a mainstream setting.
The EYIF does not cover children as they start their Reception year. On transition to school, any additional funding to support staffing for children with SEND is either linked to the EHCP process or provided via the school’s notional SEN budget via the first £6000.
During 2020-21, due to COVID-19 not all children with significant SEND have been accessing their nursery place for the full year.
There is concern that some children at SEN Support may have missed significant amounts of time in nursery, not benefited from enhanced staffing through Early Years SEN Inclusion Fund and may not be as far through the EHC Needs Assessment process as would usually be the case. As such there are a number of children for whom the final EHCP has not yet been agreed. This may have a detrimental impact on their ability to transition to their Reception Year.
The nature of the SEND needs of some children may result in difficulties in the school meeting their needs on transition, increasing number of children being offered a reduced timetable or being at risk of permanent exclusion.
Early Years Transition Funding (EYTF)
EYTF can now be applied for as a continuation of EYIF into the first term of a child’s Reception Year in order to access additional support to those children who may be at risk of poor outcomes at transition into Reception Class due to the fact that an EHCP is in process but not yet finalised.
This has the intended outcome of eliminating the need for a child to be offered a reduced timetable and reducing the risk of poor outcomes.
Which children are eligible for EYTF?
- Children who are in the process of EHCP Needs Assessment and are in receipt of Levels 3 or 4 Inclusion Funding during the year 2020-21,
- Children for whom a detailed transition plan is in place, outlining how the additional funding will be used to support transition.
How long will the funding be for?
EYTF will be paid for the first term of 2021-22. The sole purpose of the funding is to support transition so it will not be paid beyond 1st Jan 2022.
How much additional funding will the school receive to support the child?
EYTF will be paid at the same level as the child’s current EYIF.
- If the child is on Level 3 EYIF there will be a one-off payment of £1,100
- If the child is on Level 4 EYIF there will be a one-off payment of £1,650
How do we apply for EYTF?
Schools would need to apply for funding before the end of the summer term and outline in the child’s transition plan how this would be spent and the intended outcomes of the funding.
Application to include:
- EYTF Consent form (see appendix 1)
- Recently reviewed Early Help Assessment and Action Plan
- Transition plan developed in partnership with current setting and parents (for suggested template see appendix 2)
What happens after we apply for EYTF?
If all of the above documents are submitted and the child meets the eligibility criteria, you will receive a funding agreement and the allocated amount of funding will be forwarded to you.
If you have any queries or would like any further guidance with this process, please contact Alex Baxter by email: email@example.com or telephone: 01204 338355.
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