The time your child has spent at their nursery or pre-school
or with their childminder has already helped with
their basic social and emotional skills. The phrase ‘school
readiness’ seems to be cropping up everywhere these
days. The problem is there is no clear definition of what it
really means so it can be difficult for parents to know what
their child will be expected to know and do. We do know
that a great start to a child’s early years provides them
with a foundation for school. This will ensure they develop
the confidence and personal skills that mean they are
ready to learn and achieve their own full potential. Free
early education is available for eligible two, three and four
year olds in Calderdale. If you are looking for a childcare
setting in Calderdale visit
All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers
must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
The key areas are:
If you want to find out more about the Early Years
Foundation Stage, you may also have heard it called
If you are worried about aspects of your child’s
development chat to your local Children’s Centre,
childcare setting or your health visitor.
One helpful pre-school activity that parents
can practice is giving their children the
opportunity to listen to and learn language
through sharing stories together. One of
the best ways to prepare children for
school is to read to them. Not only does
story reading offer a one-to-one quiet time,
it helps develop children's listening and
If you want to improve reading skills, there
are lots of opportunities. There are adult
learning courses, find out more from your
local Children’s Centre.
Visit the library regularly with your child to
borrow new books and old favourites to
share at home.
Basic skills like toilet training, communication skills, being able to understand and follow simple tasks, taking turns and having some social skills all prepare a child to be ready for learning. Teachers and classroom assistants are then freed up to teach rather than spend time toileting, feeding children and helping them with the most basic social skills.
How can I get my child school ready?
Attend playgroups and use your free child nursery place to help them
get used to other children and group play.
Help them understand how to follow simple tasks.
Help them to answer to their name.
Encourage them to share and understand turn-taking.
Support them to be toilet trained. Find out more about how and when
to start potty training at www.nhs.uk/potty-training-tips
Portage and Early Years Support - 01422 392579
This home-based service provides support to ensure that the youngest
children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) get the
extra educational support they need. Provides support to children in their home or at their early years provider.
This scheme allows
children to receive
free part time early
years education from
the term after their
second or third