Starting Primary School In September?
Jo and Lisa, Early Years Professionals
Every parent wants the best for their child and this is why there is often a demand for school places. The deadline to apply for primary school places has now passed so it is an ideal time to begin thinking about the September start.
Leaving nursery and starting school is a milestone for children and parents/carers who are often unsure of what is the best way to prepare their child.
Every parent wants their child to settle, progress and thrive in their first year but often don’t know the best way to achieve this.
Preparation is key to a successful transition and it is never too early to begin.
Having each spent over 25 years in the classroom, we (Jo and Lisa - two highly experienced Early Years Teachers) were increasingly surprised at the number of 4 and 5 years olds starting school without the basic skills needed for independence such as putting on shoes and coats.
This lack of preparation was noted in a recent Ofsted report entitled: Getting it right first time (no. 130117):
"...too few children start school with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to make the most of the next stage of their education."
In addition to this there is often a mismatch between what skills parents think schools want their children to arrive at school with and what teachers actually want.
It is important to remember that the adult-to-child ratio is much lower in school and therefore when children start at school they require a higher level of independence plus time pressures at home often result in adults doing tasks for children such as to getting dressed and undressed rather than encouraging them to do it themselves.
Our key advice to parents
Concentrate on getting the basics right the rest will follow.
As with all learning it is really important to incorporate an element of FUN, REWARD and PRAISE
Our top 5 tasks for this term to strive for independence
Dress and undress
Put on shoes
Put on and fasten up coats
Take responsibility for belongings
Encouraging independence at these tasks will reward you in September with a confident, independent and happy child dressed appropriately and at the front of the line ready for playtime rather than in a queue waiting for adult help!
Jo and Lisa can be contacted through their website: www.readysteadyschool.org
Starting Primary School In September?, 16th January 2018, 12:24 PM