School Transition


Starting or moving school is an important milestone for every child and their parents. Children and young people naturally move through a number of stages as they grow and develop. Often they are expected to cope with changes, such as movement from primary to secondary school, and from children’s to adult services. These changes are commonly referred to as transitions. At Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service we recognize the vital role that parents and carers play in supporting these transition points.

Key Transition points include moving from: 

  • Class to class
  • Early years to Primary School
  • Primary School to Secondary School
  • Secondary School to work, college or university

There is a wealth of information available to support you and your family at these transition points.

Some children may have to face particular and personal transitions, not necessarily shared or understood by all their peers. These include: family illness or the death of a close relative; divorce and family break-up; issues related to sexuality; adoption; the process of asylum;  disabilities;  parental mental health;  and the consequences of crime.

Accessing information:

You can access support, advice and guidance from your nearest Family hub between the hours of 8am-6pm Monday to Friday either in person or over the phone. We will work with you to arrange a convenient appointment with you and/ or your child at a suitable venue. In addition, every secondary school has a designated school nurse who will offer drop in services and appointments – please contact your child’s school or the family hub for more details.

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