Parents and carers are often filled with mixed emotions – some know that their child is probably ready for the next step; some are equally sad that their little one is taking this big step and some are confused about the words ‘school readiness’ which we see and hear everywhere.
What does being “school ready” mean?
School readiness is about been ‘ready to learn’ not knowing how to read and write or count to 10, otherwise what would be the point in going to school? It is about children preparing themselves, been comfortable in their learning environment.
- Independence – been able to go to the toilet, pull up their trousers and wash their hands
- Knowing how to sit and listen
- Be aware of other children – can interact with others appropriately with friendly behaviours
- Having strong social skills
- Can cope emotionally with being separated from their parents
- Have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn
- Understand some boundaries
- Good language skills – to communicate with adults for support or other peers
If the child attends a pre-school or child care setting the professionals will be supporting and encouraging ‘school readiness’ throughout. Parents/careers can also encourage all these skills at home.
PACEY_preparingforschool_guide.pdf Parents, check out this free guide for some top tips on preparing your little ones for school.