Ready for school?
Starting school can be a very exciting time but it can also be challenging for some children. Small steps make a big difference and families can help to prepare their child for school.
- Encouraging play with other children, reading books together, getting active outdoors and urging them to talk about their feelings are all things that can help.
- Practical skills like encouraging youngsters to get dressed on their own and using the toilet independently can also help prepare them for starting school.
- Arranging a visit to their prospective school, becoming familiar with school routine and meeting the staff will also help with confidence.
If you’re unsure or concerned about your child’s learning and development, talk to a health professional, or speak to your child’s nursery, pre-school or childminder.
For further help and ideas you could also look at the following:
What to expect when Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage
Leicestershire Children and Families Partnership is working with early years providers, schools and 0-5 services to promote a shared view of school readiness across Leicestershire