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Help your child become ready for school

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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.

School readiness information leaflet   Opens new window


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:

Health for under fives             

Starting school together     

Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

What to expect when 

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 



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