Our guide to preparing your child for school

The transition from nursery to school is one of the biggest changes in a child’s life. There are lots of ways that you can help your child to feel confident, secure and ready for the challenges school life will bring.

  • Independence: You can teach your child simple, everyday skills which will help them stand on their own two feet in a busy classroom environment; such as being able to fasten their shoes and coat (choose easy fastenings like Velcro and practice zips with coats off the body first), blow their own nose and toilet themselves independently.
  • Routine: Make sure that your child has a consistent bedtime so that they are fresh and ready for school in the mornings. A warm bath followed by a story is nice and relaxing.
  • Familiarity: Walk past the school with your child at break times to see the happy children in the playground. Read stories together about starting school and talk your child about what school will be like.

Attending a good nursery will go a long way to ensuring that your child is ready for school. The 30 hours early education scheme can help working parents to increase their child’s hours at nursery so that the transition to full weeks at school is smooth. You can find out if you’re eligible here www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and at Triangle House we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Here are just some of the ways our nursery’s pre-school supports school readiness:

  • Promoting a culture of respect for others and having consistent behavioural boundaries for all.
  • Developing children’s independence, self-confidence and resilience through achievable challenges.
  • Focusing on children’s communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Teaching children phonics and number skills.
  • Building strong relationships with local schools.

Advice by Michelle Souter and Karen HazeldenManager and OwnerTriangle House Private Day Nursery ManagerBA Hons Early Education QTS EYPSR.G.N.R.M

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