How to Help Your Child Start School

Starting school for the first time can seem quite daunting and it can be hard to know what you need to do to get your child ready.  We have collected together these resources to help you prepare.  Please don't worry if your child can't do everything on the list by the time they start school.  Children all develop at different ages and stages. We will work with you to support your child in their next steps in learning.

The Starting School Skills is a guide to what most children can do when they start school.  You will see that it focuses on building a child's independence, like being able to dress and toilet themselves, as well as talking to adults.  These important skills underpin everything else we do in school and will help your child to make a great start.  You could use the Starting School Checklist with your child and turn it into a fun game.  Don't forget to celebrate everything you tick off.

For some ideas of things you can do between now and September, have a look at 48 Things To Do Before 48 Months. This gives lots of practical ideas for activities you can do at home with your child.  There are also some Maths and Phonics activities for you to try.

More importantly than anything else, have fun!  Children, like all of us, learn more when they are happy and enjoying themselves.  So get messy, be silly and enjoy this magical time in your child's life.

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