Transitions for Children Award 2021 2021 2021

Transitions for Children Award

Shortlisted Entries -Early Childhood Ireland First 5 Award for Transitions for Children

The shortlisted entries for the Early Childhood Ireland First 5 Award for Transitions for Children are:

• Our Transition Story
Blackwater Childcare, Rathcarrig Estate, Pike Road, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

• New Wheels
Darndale Belcamp Integrated Childcare Services-Jigsaw, Darndale, Dublin 17.

• Transitions
Tír na nÓg, Athy, Co Kildare.

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Early Childhood Ireland

National Annual Awards

Transitions for Children Award

This award category is sponsored through First 5A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families led by the Government of Ireland. A key objective of First 5 is that ‘children will be supported into and through transitions to and through Early Learning and Care settings onwards to primary school.

Transitions are a fact of life. They can be exciting, frightening, worrying, and enjoyable – often at the same time. Transitions may look and feel very different in and for diverse locations and communities. While each presents unique opportunities and challenges, a young child’s need to feel safe, secure, welcomed, and understood is universal throughout. For some Early Learning and Care settings, deep reflection on transitions in, within, and out of services is relatively new. However, meaningful and supportive strategies are being developed and implemented. This award brings such practice to a wider audience and promotes the future development of supportive transitions.

Early Childhood Ireland recognise that the single story submitted for this award may not feature all the potential transitions experiences for children and practices by services. The entry will just be judged using the criteria below that is most relevant to the content of the application.

Criteria for Short-listing and Judging – Transitions for Children Award

Please use the awards application form to demonstrate how the service has introduced a practice or process to:




  • Is open to developing relationships with parents and regularly communicates with parents about their child’s transitions and records this information.
  • Fosters relationships with other services that the child attends to ensure consistency for the child, e.g., childminders, healthcare professionals, schools.
  • Recognises the child’s transition to primary school as a shared responsibility between themselves, parents, and primary schools.



  • Transition strategies are tailored to support individual children to transition and settle in their own way.
  • Children are supported through their daily transitions and care routines in a child friendly, playful, unhurried manner.
  • Discusses transitions with children and parents prior to the move and makes sure that children are happy.
  • Ensures that from the start, children are asked their views demonstrating a dialogue between children and adults based on reciprocal respect.
  • Demonstrate that children’s views were, listened to, considered, given due weight, and given feedback on what happened to their views.



  • Is aware of the numerous transitions that occur every day and keeps them to a minimum for children.
    Respect that the time required by children to transition can differ greatly and ensure consultation with children takes place on whether they would like to change activity to enable a flow to their learning and engagement.



  • Assigns each child a key person to foster reliable and stable relationships, continuity of care and a secure base.
  • Minimises the movement of practitioners in and out of rooms and ensures there is always a familiar member of staff available.
  • Shares information between team members to ensure continuity and progression for the child and their learning and development.




Application form

Documentation and Supporting Evidence requirements

Resources to support you in applying for this award

 Key dates for your diary

Opening date

19 April 2021

Closing date

31 May 2021

Award Winners announced

8 October 2021

Please email if you have any questions.