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6 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR STARTING SCHOOL Featured

6 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR STARTING SCHOOL

With September already looming, many of you will be anticipating your children beginning their journey into formal education, starting Primary School. From both a mummy and a teacher’s perspective I can imagine there must be so many questions already whizzing through your head...Where do I start? How can I help prepare my child for school? How am I going to cope when I leave him at the school door? Is my child ready? He has different needs to all the other children –how will he handle school or how will school handle him? Does he know all he is supposed to know before starting school? My advice to you is...DON’T PANIC! You are in the majority if you have questions or concerns! Talk to people about your worries and questions and allow your child to become excited about his new adventure!

Having been teaching in Reception for many, many years I have come to learn what skills are most important for a child when he starts school. I guarantee most, if not 100%, of Reception teachers would agree with me when I say having a child start school with secure personal, social, emotional, communicative, physical and investigative skills is far more valuable to him as a learner than a child that comes in being able to read words, write their name, count to 100 but showing little interaction, independence or communication. Having these skills in place first will allow children to fly in subsequent learning. Did you know that research shows the stronger the personal, social and emotional skills of a Reception child the more likely he is to achieve higher levels of attainment later in school?

Therefore, if you want to focus in preparing your child for school over the summer months, concentrate on my 6 top tips!

5 top ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ tips to help prepare your child for school.

There is a reason why ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ (PSED) is a prime area of the early years curriculum...Without these skills, a child will not be in a place ready to learn, progress and develop in other areas of the curriculum. Furthermore, research has been conducted into the links between PSED skills in the early years and future academic attainment levels.

PSED refers to children developing a positive sense of self, approaching new challenges with a confidence in their abilities, forming positive and healthy relationships with others, beginning to learn how to cope with their emotions, and understanding and respecting behavioural boundaries.

So, with one term to go here are 5 top tips to help develop your child’s PSED skills in preparation for starting school:

IS YOUR CHILD STARTING SCHOOL THIS YEAR? Featured

One term to go until your child starts Primary School?

This time two years ago, with only a term to go before my son started school, I had so many thoughts, worries and questions running through my head. Despite being a Reception teacher, I had my ‘Mummy hat’ on... Would he make friends? Would he survive the day without falling asleep? Would he listen and follow instructions? Would he feel confident to be himself and get the best out of himself? Would he feel secure to leave me on his first day? How would I feel about dropping him at school for the first time? What if he didn’t eat his lunch? What if he didn't make the toilet? And the list went on and on. I knew, when thinking rationally with my ‘Reception teacher hat’ securely on, that he would be absolutely fine and that the worries were more about me than him.  I wondered how I would cope and how I could help prepare him in the best possible way for the huge milestone event of starting Primary School.

5 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR STARTING SCHOOL

5 TOP TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR STARTING SCHOOL

With September already looming, many of us (me included) are anticipating our children beginning their journey into formal education, starting Primary School. So many questions are already whizzing through your head...Where do I start? How can I help prepare my child for school? How am I going to cope when I leave him at the school door? Is my child ready? Does he know all he is supposed to know before starting school? My advice to you is...DON’T PANIC! Talk to people about your worries and questions and allow your child to become excited about his new adventure!

Having been teaching in Reception for many years I have come to learn what skills are most important for a child when he starts school.

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