Getting Ready For School

As your child approaches the transition to school we will do everything that we can in setting to help them to be prepared. There are also a number of ways you can support them at home. It's very important to remember that the Reception year also falls under the Early Years Foundation Stage so your child is already following this curriculum and every child is different and starts school with different abilities.

What does school readiness look like for most children?

  • I can settle happily without my parent or carer
  • I can tell friends and grown-ups what I need
  • I can take turns and share when I am playing
  • I can go to the toilet on my own and wash my hands
  • I can put on my own coat and shoes and feed myself
  • I can tell a grown up if I am happy, sad or cross
  • I know that what I do and say can make others happy or unhappy
  • I am curious and want to learn and play
  • I can stop what I am doing, listen and follow simple instructions
  • I enjoy sharing books with grown-ups

What will we do in playgroup?

  • We have already introduce PE once a week to encourage independence and physical development. This is also great practice for Reception and gives them opportunity to dress and undress themselves in a similar way to school. Please can you make sure that your child has a named PE kit in a non-drawstring bag. This should include suitable clothes and shoes for the sessions. We would like these to be kept at playgroup.
  • We will begin to encourage children to put any items from home into their bag or on their peg. This mirrors the expectations at school.
  • In the mornings we will introduce 'Wake and Shake' as many local schools have this as part of their daily routine. It's a great way to have an active start to the day and the children really enjoy it.
  • We work on social and personal skills such as confidence, expressing and managing feelings and ability to resolve conflicts and will continue to develop these.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about school readiness or would like some specific advice our staff are always happy to speak with you. Please speak to the Manager or your child's key person.

What can you do at home?

The following are suggestions of small things that you can do over the next few months to help your child to practice the skills that they will need.