Transition into Reception

Here at Kinsale Infant school, we are very proud of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  Our EYFS team draw on many years of experience to support children of all needs and capabilities, offering all children the very best start to their school life.

We believe that transition into Reception is a process and not an event so we work through the year and especially during the Summer term, to offer children and their families a range of different opportunities, to get to know our school.


  • Communicate with early years settings to gather information on the children coming to us; visiting where possible to meet the children ourselves.
  • Host a parent meeting in the summer term, where we talk through the structure and routines of life in Reception and school. We share our approach to teaching and learning in the EYFS.
  • Produce a child friendly booklet all about Kinsale Infant School.
  • Share a teacher introduction video and story times directly with parents via our digital learning journey Tapestry
  • Offer face to face transition days, where children are able to visit their new school and the Reception learning environment
  • Provide virtual tours of the school and Reception environment

Transition Reception to Year 1

Transition Year 2 to Year 3

It is vital for all children that their transition to junior school is as smooth as possible. Whilst the large majority of pupils at our school go on to Kinsale Junior School, we work closely with all feeder schools to support those children for whom this is not the case. 

To ensure a positive transition: 

  • We work closely with feeder junior schools to arrange visits for Year 2 children throughout the year as well as the formal transition days at the end of the year. 
  • In the summer term, Year 2 Class teachers meet with Year 3 teachers to discuss the needs of individual children. 
  • Where a child has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND), the Senco works with Sencos from feeder schools to ensure additional transition meetings and visits are held where appropriate. 
  • Where necessary, additional visits and meetings are arranged to support the transition of individual children.