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Parents encouraged to help prepare their children for school

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Parents across Leicestershire are being encouraged to ensure children who are starting school for the first time next year are ‘ready’.

The new campaign forms part of a shared view of ‘school readiness’ developed by the Leicestershire Children and Families Partnership, where families, early years providers, 0-5 services and schools work together to ensure the best start in life for young children.

A leaflet has been sent to all county parents with children starting school for the first time in September 2019, along with information about how to apply for places.

It explains what it means for a child to be ready for school and includes some practical suggestions as to how families can get involved.


It’s important to ensure that children have the skills, dispositions and attitudes to be successful as they start this journey through school.

“It’s also important that those who may need additional support are identified and supported early, in order that they reach their full potential.

“Parents have a key role in helping to ensure their child is ready to continue their learning journey as they enter school and can get off to a flying start.”


Examples of how parents can help their children become school ready include:

• Building their confidence and praising them for their efforts and achievements
• Letting them play with other children and encouraging sharing and taking turns
• Trying and planning healthy meals, having regular routines and making sure they get enough sleep

More information about being ready for school is available here

The deadline for first time admissions to Leicestershire primary schools is January 15, 2019.

Find out more and apply here


Leicestershire Children and Families Partnership is made up of senior leaders from key agencies across Leicestershire that work with children, young people and their families.

It aims to champion effective partnership working, enabling agencies to recognise shared priorities and to work together better to deliver outcomes that make a real difference.






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