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Saturday 19 January 2019
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Readiness for School

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What does ‘School Ready Mean’?

Professionals may talk to you about your child being ready for school, this can be different for every child.  In general it is agreed that the following skills are useful before the child starts school.

  • Have strong social skills
  • Can cope emotionally with being away from their parents
  • Are relatively independent in their own personal care
  • Have a curiosity about the world around them and a desire to learn


You are the expert in your own child, if you are concerned about your child starting nursery or school then talk to the educational setting, there is lots of advice they can give you and they can arrange ‘settling in’ sessions an answer any questions you may have.

Also talk to friends and family, they may have experienced the same worries as you and therefore can offer advice on what has worked for them.

This is a big step for both you and your child, it is normal for you both to feel apprehensive about this.


The following information may help you to check you child's development to see if they are ready for school, and anything you can help them with to make the step into education.

  • Can they listen to and follow instructions? 
  • Can they put on their own coat and go to the toilet independently? 
  • Can they hold a pencil and cut with scissors?  These fine motor skills will help you child with learning to write and to make things 
  • Are they interested in books? 
  • Are they curious about learning?  Do they ask lost of questions? 
  • Do they get along well with other children?  Can they share and take turns when playing?


If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development then contact your Health Visiting Team for advice.