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School Readiness

Starting school is a big event for you and your child. It is one of the biggest changes (transitions) that your child has experienced in their life so far, even if they have been used to going to nursery or preschool. The term ‘school readiness’ is used to mean how prepared your child is to learn. Everything you’ve done up until now will have helped your child to build their confidence so they can enjoy learning.

Things You Can Do to Help

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It will help if you:

  • Talk positively about your child starting school. Share your own good experiences of school and show your child some photos of Mummy and Daddy as school children
  • Talk to someone about your own worries about your child starting school. Try not to let your child see that you are nervous too!
  • Listen to any worries that you child may have about school
  • Go to the school with your child whenever you can. This will help your child to feel happy and safe in this new place.

Who Can Help?

At around 3 ½ years your child will be offered a school readiness review with a practice nurse at the same time as their preschool immunisations.

The nurse will ask some questions about your child’s general health and development including:

They will also measure your child’s height and weight.

A referral to the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme for support may be completed if you would like some more help.

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Homestart offers a school readiness programme of support. This involves a volunteer coming into your home at a time which suits your family. You can find out more and self refer via their website

Your child’s school will offer a visit to the school before they start, known as transition days. Talk to the school directly if you would like more information or advice.

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