Toddler to Pre-School Transition Process

When toddlers are ready for pre-school, we begin a transition process to help children get acquainted with a new teacher, a new group of children, and a different program plan. Readiness for this process is determined by good toileting habits, normal developmental ability and age.

Good toileting habits are defined by a child who wears underpants at home and at school with few accidents. A toddler should be able to tell a teacher at school when he/she needs to use the toilet. A co-operative effort must be made by parents with staff to complete toilet training.

Normal developmental ability is defined by a toddler who can follow all the activities and skills in the toddler curriculum without difficulty. A child must be at least 2 years 9 months before the transition process begins.

The transition process is approximately one-month. The child is brought to the youngest pre-school group for “circle time,” on two days each week for a total of four hours. After two weeks of successful transition, the child’s time in pre-school is extended to include more activities in the pre-school Program Plan such as: indoor play, morning snack, outdoor play, lunch and rest time.

After four successful weeks in the transition process, a toddler will be admitted to the three year old group in pre-school. In the event that there are no openings in this group, the transition process is delayed while the child continues to follow the curriculum for older toddlers which includes basic pre-school skills.