Starting school can be a stressful time for parents and children, but there are things you can do to be fully prepared and make the process much easier. Watch the video to learn about preparing your child for school and develop your listening skills and vocabulary as you complete the activities.


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Getting your child ready is more than just helping them understand about numbers and reading and writing.  It’s also about helping them how they fit into that social group, how they get on with others and understanding the teacher pupil relationship, so there’s a lot we can do to help children emotionally and socially prepare for school.

Teaching your child to ask for help will give them more independence.

Preparing him for school was not really worrying, because we gave them all the tools that he needed to be able to equip himself.

I do think it’s important to teach kids at home, yeah, so they’re not going into it not knowing what they’re doing.

Play offers children a range of skills they’re going to need when they start school. It’s a way of understanding how they feel. It’s a way of understanding how other people feel, and being able to share and being able to understand how the world works, so offering your child a range of play activities will really help them build those essential skills.

Different types of play.

Make-believe and role play is a way that your child can begin to step into the shoes of someone else and to begin to sort of experience how other people in different roles and in different places might feel. Sometimes you’ll hear them actually talking to themselves or they’ll be talking to their make-believe friends, and that way they’re experimenting with words and language, and it’s just a brilliant way for them to learn how to communicate.  Creative play works wonders for the developing brain, to make marks on a piece of paper, to use paint, to use water, to use clay, and that doesn’t have a particular ending, so it’s the whole experience that can count.  Physical play is great for exercising those limbs.  Offering your child the opportunity to play outside and to move and dance is just brilliant for the developing body.

Helping your child be independent.

Giving your child independence can be a scary thing, because you don’t want them to be too independent that they run out into a road and get hit by a car, but you know they need to learn independence so that they can feel confident that they can make decisions, that they can grow and be comfortable and happy in themselves.

From quite early on you can help your child to learn a little bit of independence around self-help skills.  For example, you could be saying, “Well would you like me to help you put your socks and shoes on or would you like to have a go yourself?” and that way they build up a bit of confidence around those sort of self-help skills, and saying, “Well done” and giving them praise for their achievements is a really good step forward.

Teaching your child to share.

He’s the first kid you’ve had, so obviously you’re worried about him developing social skills and communicating with other kids and blah, blah, blah, we don’t want him to become a biter, argh.

Anyone…child I think would be okay for learning, giving and sharing, and that begins from home.

Learning to share is the big one, and it can be really quite hard for a child to understand that something belongs to them and yet they can share it with someone else, so actually giving them strategies, words they can say to actually help them share their belongings or toys can be a really good way to forming relationships, and that’s the start of empathy, is really understanding how somebody else feels.

Help your child learn to share and to respect other people’s things. Praise your child when they do share.

So the time you spend helping your child prepare for school will pay dividends in the future.  Do spend time sharing books, talking about pictures, words and how the squiggles on the page have meaning, but also help prepare them for how they’re going to make friendships, because when you think about it, friendships and how we relate to other people is the kind of skill that’s going to set us in good stead for the rest of our lives.

Life skills will increase your child’s confidence and help them settle into new environments.



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