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Transition is the process of altering one environment to anotherChildren make educational transitions once they start school progressthrough school and as they move between schools These transitions requirechildren to adjust to new surroundings to make sense of new rules androutines and to interact with unfamiliar adults and peers Some childrenmay manage transitions well and are ready for change But for otherschanges at school may be too much to bear These children may not havedeveloped the abilities to adapt to new situations which may put them atrisk of a sequence of negative experiences Fisher J 2010 Moving ontoKey Stage 1 improving transition from the early years foundation stageOpen University Press New York page 5 Although it may be difficult forteachers to anticipate how children would react to change still teachersneed to know their children sufficiently well so that they can provide allthe support pupil needs In order to know children well teachers should identify how childrenare currently doing at school what makes them feel at ease actspontaneously show vitality and self- confidence These are allcharacteristics of emotional well-being So how do we define well-beingWell-being has no one clear definition and has many interpretationshowever in the Oxford dictionary it defines well-being as a contentedstate of being happy healthy and prosperous On the other hand in theChildhood Well-being A brief overview it noted that well-being is multi-dimensional and is not just a state of happiness but in actual fact ithas many components which makes up childhood well-being In the Every ChildMatters DFES it has identified five key outcomes for childhood well-being being healthy staying safe economic well-being enjoying andachieving and making a positive contributionQualifications and CurriculumAuthority 2003 Foundation Stage Profile HandbookLondon QCA and DfEE These five outcomes are all closely similar to theMarlow hierarchy of needs 1943 refer to fig1 which highlights thatfundamental needs must be met first in order to reach self-actualisation
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