School Readiness

 

Starting school is a big step for parents and children. It is never too early to start providing them with the experiences that will help your child when they start school; it begins from the day your child is born.

 

However, during the year before they start school it is good to build in some opportunities for them to develop the skills they need to be ready for the school such as independence and self-care,  social and emotional skills, language and communication and approach to learning. school readiness tips.pdf 

 

 

Home learning  

All the fun activities that you do with your child at home are important in supporting their development and have a really long lasting effect on your child’s learning as they progress through school. Even when your child is very young and is not yet able to talk, talking to them helps them to learn and understand new words and ideas.

 

If you make the time every day to do some of the following things with your child it will make a real difference to your child’s confidence as a young learner:  

 

  • Talk about the numbers, colours, words and letters you see when you are out and about
  • Cook / bake together
  • Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch
  • Share books
  • Talk to your child at every opportunity – e.g. what you are doing that day
  • Give your child opportunities to play and explore outdoors in open spaces - http://www.somersetplayforum.co.uk/Outdoor-Play-in-Somerset    

Transition to School

 

School admissions – You can find information regarding school admissions in Somerset. http://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-learning-and-schools/choosing-a-school/apply-to-start-school

 

Alfred the Mouse goes to school - This is a website that supports daunting transitions to primary schools in Taunton, Somerset. www.alfredthemouse.co.uk   

 

EYFS parent leaflet – This gives information about the framework your Early Years provider will be following. http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf