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Getting ready for school

There are many ways you can help your child get ready for starting at primary or infant school. It's never too early to help them get ready for this exciting journey!

These 7 skills will support your child when they're at school:

  • co-operating - learning how to get on well with others
  • listening and understanding - enjoying talking about stories and understanding simple instructions
  • sharing - being able to share with other children
  • dealing independently with care needs - using the toilet, washing hands and being able to get dressed
  • speaking clearly in sentences - being able to ask for help when needed
  • having co-ordination - being active from the tips of their fingers to the tips of their toes!
  • showing curiosity and enthusiasm - being able to have fun and explore the world around them

Remember, what you do matters!

Everyday experiences are great opportunities for learning. Children learn best through doing things with the people they love and trust and when the learning is fun!

Starting school is an important milestone in a child’s life and having these skills in place will support them to develop into life long learners. Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Children develop at their own pace and in their own way.

For more support, speak to your child's early years provider or contact your local Family Hub or Children's Centre.