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Early Years Transitions

Supporting Transition and Inclusion Record (STAIR)

The Early Years Learning and Inclusion Service has worked with partners to coproduce a record to support children’s transitions. The STAIR has been designed to enable smooth transitions, which recognise children’s emotional needs, what help they might need and to capture each child’s uniqueness.

The STAIR is optional, and settings may use their own versions if they prefer. The STAIR has prompts embedded to assist the key person in choosing the most useful information to share. The STAIR is 2 pages. The first page should be completed for every child. The second page should be completed where additional information would be useful in making adjustments to ensure transition is successful. When sharing the STAIR for children with SEND you should also attach any relevant reports or letters from professionals.

The most important thing is to paint an accurate picture of the child, taking into account the child's own views. The STAIR should be completed in conversation with parents/carers and shared with consent, in line with your setting’s information sharing policy.

The STAIR can be printed and completed by hand or filled in and shared electronically.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to open the STAIR in a new window on your browser to access full functionality of the form. You will need to SAVE a master version before making any changes.  After saving the STAIR, please click on the 'i' buttons on the form for guidance and prompts when completing the form.

EYFS Transitions Padlet

Ideas, information and resources to support practitioners, families and children with transitions in the Early Years. This includes the STAIR, publications, videos to share with families, research and book recommendations.

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Transitions leaflets

Below are some downloadable leaflets to help support the various transitions that children may experience in the EYFS.  Please note that due to Covid-19, some of the practices described in the leaflets may not be possible.  Settings and schools must prioritise health, safety and hygiene requirements at all times.