We're helping your children to get ready for school
Date Added: 04/07/2016
Starting school is a huge step in a child's life – and it can be understandably daunting for both the child and their parents or carers.
That’s why Central Bedfordshire Council has produced some handy guidance about things which you can do with your child now to make sure that they’re ready for when they start school.
The ‘16 Ticks’ list includes everything from being able to take off their coat and shoes and being toilet trained to being able to enjoy a book and being aware of other children and making friends. It has already been sent out with letters offering children a starting school place in September.
We have also produced a short video showing children performing some of the skills listed in the leaflet, as well as getting the thoughts and some reassuring words from two members of teaching staff.
Being able to do some – or all – of them will allow your child to get off to a running start when they start school. And it has benefits for staff too, because if all 30 children in a reception class are able to put on and take off their coats before break time and after coming in, for example, that allows time for other activities.
Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Happy, confident children will always settle into school better, and parents and carers can help them to do that. That’s why we have produced our 16 Ticks leaflet and video to offer advice and handy hints on how to help your child become school ready.
“It’s simple things like sitting down and reading with your children, talking with them, having meals together and making sure they understand instruction. Equally, though, don’t try and do everything yourself as children learn by doing. While it may be easier and quicker to dress your child, for example, they’ll only learn and become more confident if they do it themselves.
“Don’t worry if they can’t do them all by September, if that’s when they’re due to start school – it’s not a competition. However, by being able to do some, or all, of these things, it will really help them make that big step. And there will always be staff on hand to help your child if they can’t do something.”
Sandra Milne, from Robert Peel Lower School, in Sandy, said: “Being school ready enables children to have confident start. Often if they’re not quite ready and asked to do something then it can just inhibit them slightly. Moving into a new building or straight from home can have a really, really overpowering effect on them, so if they’re able to do things then it just cushions that blow from leaving Mum or their key person from another setting that they have got familiar with.”
Sarah Jones, from Mary Bassett Lower School, in Leighton Buzzard, said: “Parents can help us especially by making sure that their children can recognise their own name; say their own name; take them to groups where they can socialise with other children; help them and support them so that they can take off their own coat, maybe change their shoes if they need to; to know what it means to have a healthy diet; being able to be physical – so, to run, jump, climb and ride a bike. All of those things are very important.”
For more information, visit the council’s school readiness page – which includes the video as well as the chance to download of pdf of the 16 Ticks leaflet and associated poster. Just go to http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school/pupil-support/attendance/school-readiness.aspx?utm_source=website&utm_medium=pr-link&utm_campaign=sr-2016