Being School Ready

It is important your child is as ‘school ready’ as possible. This will help your child feel happier about starting school. It can be a very anxious time for children and parents, especially in the current Covid 19 situation where many of your children will not currently be attending nursery.  I am sure many of you may be worried that your child won’t be school ready come September. Please do not worry. Within any year group starting school we have a wide range of abilities, as children make progress at their own levels.  To support you in getting your child ready for September we have provided a list of things that it would be helpful for your child to be able to do when they start school.


  • To express their needs appropriately e.g. say if they need the toilet, if they are hurt or unwell.
  • Use the toilet independently (this does include wiping their own bottom)
  • Wash and dry hands
  • Recognise and put on their own coat.
  • Put their shoes on the correct feet.
  • Eat their lunch using a knife and fork
  • Try to dress themselves
  • Sit sensibly to listen to a story
  • Being able to take turns when talking
  • Share and take turns.
  • Tidy up things they have used.
  • Recognise and read their name.

If your child can do these things there are other early skills to support future learning-

  • Developing language skills – so much of the Early Years Curriculum is language based, it is really important that every child is able to communicate and develop a good vocabulary. Great ways to help with this are to just chat about things you see in your garden or on your daily exercise, sing songs and rhymes, share books together or introduce a new word each day.
  • Develop gross motor skills and a strong core – lots of large outdoor play and climbing opportunities will strengthen gross motor skills.  Doing yoga activities will support a strong core (cosmic kids yoga on youtube is great for this).
  • Jigsaw puzzles – these are great for developing pre reading skills.
  • Singing nursery rhymes – traditional nursery rhymes are great for helping children understand the rhythm of language and begin to hear the difference between sounds.  This will really support them when they start to learn letter sounds at school.
  • Develop fine motor skills through activities such as playdough, baking, threading, doing up buttons, using scissors.