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School Readiness - through the eyes of a child

If we think like a child, we might have these thoughts and abilities.

  • We would be separating from our parents for quite a long day so we need to be used to doing that and know that at the end of our learning day someone would want to talk about the exciting things we have learnt.
  •  Perhaps most importantly we need the ability to vocalise our needs such as toileting, thirst, hunger feeling unwell, or sad , it helps to know how we feel emotionally
  • We need to be able to sit and listen to adults and be able to follow their instructions.
  • To understand that we can not spend all day doing the same thing, that there were lots of different activities to feed our brains,
  • To be able to hold a conversation, so that we can explain our feelings, thoughts and emotions, imagine being so excited that you want to burst and not being able to explain why.
  • To know who we are, not just by name but where we live, who we live with, who the important people in our lives are and we love telling everyone how old we were "four and three quarters, I’m going to be five soon"
  • To be confident to play and interact with children we might not have met before, or who have different values to ourselves, "Do you want to play in the house with me"
  • It helps to understand how to share, nothing worse than having your favourite toy snatched away and not knowing how to deal with it
  • We need to be familiar with books, have had stories read to us, be able to recognise how words link to give us language
  • Understanding boundaries is helpful, knowing what happens before or after lunch and where we can play

As a parent, you would hope that your child has all of these abilities. In reality, for many children the above list is a work in progress.

If you feel that your child maybe struggling to meet some of the ‘school readiness’ markers there is plenty of help on hand through including your Health Visiting Team or GP, who are well placed to provide the early support you need to guide your children through the transition from toddlerhood, pre-school years and on into later childhood.

For children who attend a nursery, pre-school or childminder settings where the Early Years Foundation Stage or similar is implemented, there is ample opportunity for children to learn, grow and thrive. These settings also provide the ideal environment for identifying any potential issues that may take longer to resolve or may require professional input in order for a child to become ‘school ready’. These settings provide us with a folder which charts your child’s development.