A transition is a change from one stage or state to another, types of transitions include intellectual (Kids Kingdom to primary school), physical (e.g educational setting/home), emotional (parents separating, new baby, bereavement), physiological (puberty, long term medical conditions).
Expected transitions include babies being weaned from food, being cared for by others, beginning to crawl and walk, nappies to toilet training.
Children starting nursery, moving to secondary school, young people starting puberty, attending college, leaving home and starting work, adults usually get married, have children, change jobs, and experience death in the family.
Unexpected transitions such as the birth of a new baby (this is expected for the adult however is not always expected for a child). An unexpected change of location such as preschool, nursery or daycare and home, or even area of residence,from Discovery Gardens to another unfamiliar area in Dubai or even a different country, divorce and separation, meeting a new step parent and a serious illness, accident or death.
Separation can be a big concern when a child is transitioning, alongside a child finding it difficult to settle and make friends. Transitioning can have long and short term effects which can be both negative and positive to a child's life. Children may become withdrawn as they feel that the separation may happen again. Disorientation and a sense of loss and depression may occur as a child is feeling lost and uprooted. Children may regress and their behaviour may reverse, for example a child may begin to wet the bed again. Other changes in behaviour can occur such as anger or shouting. They may be less motivated and find it difficult to separate from their carer.
Children need a lot of support through comfort and ccation during transition periods. If you have concerns with your child during a specific transition period at home or at there childcare setting, please do not hesitate to seek advice from the settings manager, nurse or your child's class teacher.