The Flying Start Gold Award for Transition

If transition is to be successful, from early childcare providers to school, preparations should begin early so that there is good communication between the two organisations. The Flying Start Gold Award for Transition focuses on best practice guidelines for childcare settings and schools. The aim is to effectively support a family to prepare for the child’s new chapter in their education and for the child to make the journey into their new environment as seamlessly as possible.

How it works

If you wish your early education setting or school to be included as part of the Flying Start Gold Award for Transition, please download the relevant evidence criteria below and use this as your guide to completion of the award. If you require any additional information, then please email Christine Rogers or Sue Thomas. or

When you have completed the portfolio and are ready to submit your evidence you will need to send the collated folder of information to Christine Rogers at the address below – marked Flying Start Gold Award for Transition with your setting/school name on the front. Please also include the name of the professional who is leading on this award and their contact details. This will enable us to notify you when the award has been achieved or to ask for additional information if you have not quite reached the expected levels of evidence.

Upon completion and being awarded the Flying Start Gold Award for Transition you will receive a certificate for your School or Early Education Setting and the Award Logo which you can then display on your website. Certificates will be awarded at the termly Designated Safeguarding Officer meetings.

If the decision reached by the Evidence Evaluation Group is that substantial additional evidence is required, then you may be asked to resubmit the following term.

Checklist of what to include in evidence portfolio:

Flying Start Gold Award for Transition for Early Education Settings

Flying Start Gold Award for Transition for Schools

Evidence portfolios to be sent to:

Christine Rogers

Flying Start 2nd Floor

Tokko Building

7 Gordon Street



Telephone 01582 548335

The following settings have already achieved the Gold Award:

  • Barnfield Nursery
  • Cheynes Infant School
  • Dallow Stars Nursery
  • Little Owls Nursery
  • Training Depot Nursery
  • St Matthew’s Primary School
  • Gill Blowers Nursery
  • The Ferrars Academy