Transitions in children’s everyday lives


By Linda J. Harrison

Young children’s days are filled with change and transitions that are so commonplace they often go unnoticed. However, all transitions, whether they are from one setting to another, one person to another, or one activity to another, require children to adapt or cope with these changes. And for children, these transitions can be emotionally charged—from exciting and happy to overwhelming and difficult. This Everyday Learning Series title is designed to help parents/carers and educators understand these emotional ups and downs, and support children as they negotiate the transitions of daily life.



This title explains:

  • what everyday transitions are and how children might experience these events
  • how adults can support children during transition and change, and the importance of familiar relationships
  • the many changes in a child’s day including timetables and different places and relationships
  • different responses to transitions and change
  • how we as parents/carers and educators can change our thinking towards children and their daily transitions.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



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