Prior to joining Springside Primary School all children and their carers are invited to visit to have a good look around at all the specialist provisions we can offer and to get a feel for the ethos and values of the school.
At Springside we realise that each of our future super stars are as individual as they are special. Thus, generally, all transition plans are individualised to suit each and every family. Often transition includes a number of visits between school and each family to ensure time is provided for families to get to know the staff involved in their child's welfare and education and for the staff to get to know the individual needs of each child.
Often, there will be a meeting arranged at the preschool setting. This meeting will allow staff from Springside to talk to staff from the preschool setting along with the parent regarding the needs of the children. This allows us time as a team ( parents , old staff and new) to discuss, clarify and update all paper work regarding the child and to take into consideration progress made and changes in conditions since the report was created.
Following this there is often a visit made to the family home which allows further clarification, allows parents to ask any other questions and for staff to see the child in their own environment.
This is concluded by an open morning at school which is a fantastic opportunity for families to come in and meet ALL of the staff involved with your special little person. We aim to include the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist, School Nurse, Medical specialist TA in school, Specialist RANS representatives as well as all the classroom staff. During this session you get to play in your child’s new classroom and chat with staff to discuss your child’s needs with the relevant professionals. During this session staff are available to support families filling in necessary forms and receive a Welcome to Springside Booklet that was designed for families to look at together as a reminder of all the provisions available at Springside and to support familiarisation with our school and staff throughout the summer holiday.
Towards the end of the school open morning we all come together to watch a PowerPoint of an average day in Early Years so you know the type of activities your child will be completing and how we will teach your child. The morning is concluded by a short information session with the Pastoral Officer who covers all the nitty gritty bits about joining school. She will, for example, discuss dinner money, school uniform, and expectations of you as a family and us as a school.
In September we continue to support the transition process we provide to our new families through informal chats before and after school, home school diaries, phone calls and certificates. Our Pastoral Officer is also available on the phone and during her family sessions held in school. This ensures the team around the child continues to develop its strong links during this very special and important part of our families’ lives.