Exploring the Experiences of Transitions from Nursery to Primary School from the Perspectives of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Student Project)

Jess Baker
Aviary Nursery

Jessica Baker.

BSc Education and Psychology.

I am Jessica Baker, a student at the University of Southampton studying BSc in Education and Psychology. For my final project I am carrying out a dissertation based on the transition processes of children with autism from preschool to primary school, currently being supervised by Professor Sarah Parsons.

There is very little research presented in this area, findings available so far often rely on the opinions and experiences of parents and teachers. This is why it’s so important for ACoRNS to explore and investigate the perspectives of children with autism, although it may be more difficult.

My project involves exploring the experiences of transitions of children at preschool age in Aviary Nursery, Eastleigh, from the perspectives of the children, parents and staff. I aim to observe a number of children and gain the opinions of the staff and parents involved with the children. Furthermore, the Froebel principles will be core to my project and I will consider these whilst making my observations and interviewing the parents and staff.I am very lucky and grateful that I have such a welcoming nursery in which to carry out my research! You can read in detail about the project’s findings here.