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A smooth transition

A smooth transition


Our children make a smooth transition from our fully-integrated school nursery setting. Some children attend other educational settings within our community. Our strong partnership with feeder settings ensures a smooth transition is maintained for all children. 

Our team in Reception ensures that your child's transition to school is as smooth as possible. The transition process includes a number of activities/events: 

  • Open Days - to meet our Headteacher, Mrs Hacking, see the school and meet the Reception team.
  • Teddy bears' picnic - for families to meet each other on our school field.  
  • Home visits - teachers meet and play with the children in their familiar environments.
  • Stay and play sessions - so that children can become familiar with the classroom environments both indoors and outdoors.  
  • Welcome evening for parents - to provide important information before the school year begins.  
  • Teacher storytime videos - so that the children and grown ups are familiar with the teachers.   
  • Summer term classroom setup videos - to show how the classroom will look in September.
  • Year 6 buddy letters sent in the Summer holidays - relationships building.
  • Strong partnership with feeder settings - face-to-face meetings to discuss each child.



The reception teachers were fantastic, and took a lot of time to transition the children into school through home visits, settling in sessions and a picnic for the children and their parents before the term started. The teachers were always there at the start and end of the day to welcome children in and chat through any questions or concerns we had which really helped us all to feel part of the community at Cherry Grove. We couldn’t have asked for a kinder more nurturing transition to our daughter's first year in school.



Our little boy was very nervous about starting school; the staff at Cherry Grove went above and beyond to ensure he settled in, with a home visit and a whole class picnic on the school field, which meant he got to meet his classmates before he started in September. He is now thriving in a caring and nurturing environment and says he loves school!