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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?

We are currently developing a new School Readiness Review. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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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