This assignment will discuss the transitions faced by children and their parents including horizontal and vertical transitions. It will also explain planned and unplanned changes in children’s life and how children and their parents may influence by those changes as well as suggesting the most appropriate ways to respond to those changes using the work place policies and procedures.
Children potentially face a number of transitions in their early lives including vertical, horizontal, planned and unplanned transitions (DFE 2008). One of the most significant consequences of social change for the young children is the shift from home to day care. Dunlop & Fabian (2007) explained in the modern life some children have to go through few transitions and looked after by different people throughout a day or a week. Horizontal transition is where children go from home to school, then picked up by the after- school carer and taken to football club or art classes. However, vertical transitions deal with moves and changes for the child between educational settings and take place over a number of years, for example, transition from pre-school to school, but also inside school between the grades and various teachers, where the move is gradual. Shotton (2008) suggests many young children struggle with transition. These changes can be particularly difficult for some children yet for others can be positive and exciting, beginning to new experiences and finding new friends. O’Connor (2012), pointed out that Children images of themselves as learners are influenced generally by their
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