Course Content

This workshop provides participants with an understanding of the importance of supporting transitions within the ECCE setting. The focus is on both daily transitions (such as moving from one activity to another, and tidy up time) and regular transitions (such as moving between rooms, and change of a key person).

Within ECCE settings, children experience many micro-transitions. Transitions within the daily routine provide structure and security for children, however they must also remain flexible enough to meet children’s ever-changing needs and interests. The opportunity to design a schedule that minimises transitions and maximises the time children spend engaged in activities will be explored, particularly in relation to decreasing challenging behaviour.

Room to room transitions are inevitable as children are usually grouped by age. These transitions will be explored in depth as they bring with them demands which can manifest both as challenges and opportunities for children.

During the course practitioners will identify their strengths in supporting children’s transitions in the setting, while also considering ways of improving practice.

Course Tutor - Mary O'Kane

Dr Mary O'Kane originally studied Psychology in the UK, then specialised in the area of Early Childhood while undertaking her Masters and Doctorate at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland. Mary is currently a Lecturer in Early Childhood Education with Maynooth University, teaching in the areas of Children’s Learning and Development, Children’s Wellbeing, and Educational Transitions. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Psychology with the Open University. During 2015-2016 she conducted the fortnightly monthly Parenting Slot on the Anton Savage show on Today FM, answering parenting queries from listeners. She is also a regular contributor to Ireland AM on both parenting and early childhood education issues.

Course Duration and Delivery

Inservice Training Public Training This is a 3h course when delivered as Inservice Training or Public Training Event.