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Starting Reception Year

There are many ways you can help me to be ready for school. It is never too early to start helping me. This leaflet explains 7 skills that will support me at school.


I will need to learn how to get on well with others.

Listening & Understanding

I enjoy talking about stories we have shared together. You can help by giving me simple instructions to follow.


It is important for me to be able to share with other children.

Dealing Independently with Care Needs

Using the toilet, washing my hands and learning how to get dressed by myself will really help me at school.

Speaking Clearly in Sentences

If I can talk clearly, I will be able to ask for help when I need it and my friends and adults will understand what I am saying. 

Having Co-ordination

I will learn best if I am encouraged to be active from the tips of my fingers to the ends of my toes. 

Showing Curiosity and Enthusiasm

I need to have lots of fun opportunities to explore the world around me. 
If you have any questions please ask your child’s Early Years Provider, (pre school/ child-minder/ nursery) the school your child will attend or a Children’s Centre.