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Getting Ready to Start School

We are often asked what you can do to ensure that your child is ready to start school. This journey has been happening for a while, through the time you spend with your child at home, and through their time at pre-school / nursery. Children are ‘school ready’ when they have some resilience and confidence to try new things, when they have a keenness to learn and explore, and when they can communicate their basic needs. This is sometimes referred to as ‘school readiness’. School readiness not only refers to the attributes of a child, but also the roles and responsibilities of families, teachers and practitioners in ensuring children are ready and able to access learning as they enter school and beyond. It is about children having a broad range of skills, knowledge and attitudes to build upon for success in school and it includes having started to develop meaningful and responsive relationships, experiences, and interactions.