Getting your child ready to start school


Today our very own little learners are graduating from preschool at our Ilford nursery. We have watched them grow up into happy, confident and intelligent children and are celebrating them as they take their next step, starting school.

What is being ‘school ready’?

  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Toilet trained
  • Ability to listen, respond and follow simple instructions
  • Making relationships
  • Knowledge of letters and numbers

Attending nursery promotes social skills teaching children to interact with their classmates and teachers at school.  As well as social skills they learn to write their name, increase attention span, phonics and numbers.

Our preschoolers have learned the routine of always washing their hands before they eat and sitting nicely at the lunch table together with their friends until they have finished. Starting a meal time routine at home will prepare your child for structured school lunchtimes. If you opt for packed lunches, easy to open items and prepared fruit would be great for your children. Find more suggestions here.

The Transition Process

Transition process is to encourage children to be who they want to be with confidence in their likes and dislikes. Transition forms are filled out by key workers and signed by parents then passed on to your child’s new school. This flow of information is important so both the parents and new school have a starting point to chart their progress within the areas of EYFS and school curriculum.

Over the summer term, most reception teachers would have met their new pupils at their nursery. If your child has not been to visit their new school, take a trip to see it over the summer. Even if it is not open they have a chance to see the building and playground before their first day.

Preparing to start school

In the run up to starting school in September, here are a few ideas to support your preparation for primary school at school.

  • Talk about school regularly as an everyday thing, not as a big deal. Prepare them mentally and understand how they will feel about going to a new place and making new friends.
  • Reading stories and playing games with flash cards with your child can develop literacy skills. Help them practice writing their own name on their art work.
  • Games such as snakes & ladders and dominoes not only encourage numeracy skills but teach your child to: sit still, take turns, follow rules, win and lose.
  • Encourage independence through dressing themselves, setting their table or choosing a book in the library.

Have fun getting ready for school!