Moving into FS1

A huge, warm welcome to St Joseph’s to yourselves and your little one.


We want your child’s transition into Nursery to be as smooth, happy and positive as we can make it.

We are very excited that you will be joining us in September and we are looking forward to getting to know you all. We know that leaving another setting and starting a new one can be a daunting and unsettling experience for any child. For other children, this will be their first experience of moving from home or family based care. We know that children may be uncertain about the move, so as much as we tell children that the forthcoming move is ‘exciting’ we are on the look out for the signals that children give us to help them to settle. Sharing a positive approach is really important.

Please also find a New Starters PowerPoint our School Prospectus so that you can learn a little more about what learning in Foundation Stage at St Joseph’s is like. We hope you find the resources below and this page useful in preparing you and your child for September.

FS1 Transition PowerPoint 2020 – Introduction to New Starters St Joseph’s School Prospectus 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all into FS1 and getting to know all of our new families.

Best wishes,

Mrs Reddiex & Mrs Gray

Key principles for good practice in supporting successful early years transitions

Unique Child

• Recognise that all children, can be vulnerable at times of change, particularly those with additional needs e.g. those with a Special Educational Need (SEN) or a child in care. Planning for these children will need additional, flexible support. Please let us know if your child may need extra support with any aspect of their learning.
• Prepare your child for change. It is important that all children experience a positive transition. With appropriate preparation and understanding, children are more likely to feel secure and settle more easily into their new environment. Please share as much information with us in our Zoom calls and paper work, such as All About Me, to enable us to tune in to their interests, strengths and needs.

Positive Relationships

• Transitions can be eased by careful planning, sharing of information and visits. We are looking forward to meeting you at our socially distanced picnic and during the settling visits, as outlined in your introduction letters to follow.
• We promise to listen closely to you as parents/ carers and value your expertise and knowledge of your child.
• Work together. An essential element of an effective transition is for family, previous setting and schools to work together, to share information. Please share their previous learning experiences with us. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns or are unsure about our aims.

Enabling Environments

• Children cope better with transitions when communication is shared well, and the process of change takes place gradually over time. Please remember that children learn, settle and develop in different ways and at different rates
• The emotions that come with change can be successfully handled by children through our experienced EYFS team.

What learning looks like in FS1…

In Nursery children learn by doing things for themselves, by watching, listening, talking, creating, investigating and exploring- in other words PLAYING!  Play is children’s work and it can be tiring, messy, exciting, sometimes noisy, fun and magical.

Transition Activities

Get ready because soon we are all going on a teddy bear’s picnic!

Hello Girls and Boys,

Hello to your special teddy too!

It was lovely to chat to you and your mummy and daddy during our zoom calls this week. I feel that we are starting to get to know each other and I can’t wait to meet you properly at the Teddy Bears Picnic on Wednesday 15th July!

If You go down to the woods today! Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around

We had a great time at out Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Wednesday 15th July. Thanks to everyone for being so kind and friendly and joining in so well with our songs and games. Here are some pictures of all of your new friends.



I Spy my new Nursery!

I wonder if you would like to see what happens during one day in Nursery!

Here are some photographs to show you all of the different things that our boys and girls got up to one typical day. I wonder whether you know the names of the areas that they are playing in? What are the children doing there? Do you think you would like to join in? Which area looks like the most fun? What would you like to make or build? Which area will you choose to play in?

I hope that the photos will provide natural talking points to reassure your child and to get them off to a happy start.

Other Activities to Support Transition to FS1

Why not take a look at this ‘I am independent’ task and see how many things you can already manage to do all by yourself. Remember, we will help you practise these things in Nursery too, and you’ll soon be able to do things you couldn’t do before!

I am independent!

Taking turns in Nursery is something else you will learn to do. Here is a little social story to help you understand. Maybe you could practise taking turns at home before you start Nursery?

Taking Turns Social Story

We love story time in Nursery. Maybe you could make some puppets and practise telling your own story? Click on the button below and have a go!

Click here for story puppets template.

Tidy up time is really important in Nursery. We have lots of time to play together and it’s good to be able to tidy up too. You could practise tidying up your toys at home so that you are an expert by the time you start Nursery!

Tidy Up Poster


Virtual Tour of your New Classroom

We are so excited to share our virtual tour with you of your new classroom. Here, you can meet Miss Milivojevic, your new Head Teacher, me, Mrs Reddiex, your new FS1 Class Teacher and Mrs Gray, your new nursery nurse. We are so excited to welcome you to your new school in September so we hope this video helps you to become a little more familiar with your new setting. 

Summer Holidays Learning Grid

I hope that your summer is full of family fun, hopefully some opportunities to get-together with special people, long, sunny days, paddling pools, ice-cream and making many magical memories of being 3. There is delight in the simplest pleasures at this age and I was reminded of this on a local walk with my friend’s little girl today. WOW! the power of her imagination and energy when we went on our woodland walk: we made up stories about a bear den and the bench became a train. Enjoy wherever your little one’s imagination takes you, go with it and join in with their ideas and enjoy your days together.

A few ideas are below but the main things that I feel really help prepare children are feeding their talk, practice self-help skills, share daily stories and learn some rhymes together and when we are nearing September, look again at the website photos. It is a bit of a balancing act as you want to prepare them for change and yet you definitely do not want to make too big a deal out of this as they may end up more worried than excited.

Here comes summer!

Starting Nursery- I wonder what I will do when I get to Nursery?

Sometimes when you go somewhere for the first time, you feel a little unsure and it makes you feel a bit shy to start with.

Don’t worry, because once you get used to things at Nursery you will start to feel relaxed and happy.

Every morning this is what we do when it is time to say goodbye to our special grown-up. This helpful, little boy is helping to demonstrate what you will do when you arrive through the school gates!


After this it is time to start our fun, play and learning.

Ready, Steady GO!!!!

Below you will find a range of activities and resources to give your learning and settling into FS1 a little boost. 

Chatter Matters

Please follow the links below to a wealth of very simple tips, activities and suggestions, for how to maximise daily opportunities to develop your child’s social and communication skills.

ICan language development activities

You may have noticed recent press coverage on the BBC Tiny Happy People webpage. This is another great website, with practical, fun, interactive ideas to enable your child to develop talk and listening, including nursery rhymes and songs and some suggestions from other parents.

Link to BBC Tiny, Happy People.

Having Fun With rhymes and songs: Here is an idea for how to develop playful talk through one of our old favourite finger play rhyme, which we shared at the teddy Bears Picnic. An example of the magic and power of playing with words through rhyme times: I wonder if your little one likes this rhyme.

Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb,

Where are you?

Here I am, here I am,

How do you do?

Peter Pointer, Peter Pointer…

Toby Tall, Toby Tall…

Ruby Ring, Ruby Ring…

Baby Small, Baby Small…

Fingers all, Fingers all…

Ideas for extending the learning when you get back home.

  • say it again and again and again!
  • Try out finger painting using different fingers
  • Make hand prints in dough
  • Talk about the different lengths of our fingers
  • Make some finger puppets
  • Look out for other finger rhymes to share, such as ‘Round and round the garden