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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:

Published in Preparing for school

What can you do to help your child in his first year at school?

Phew! So, your child’s first day at school has come and gone. One milestone event completed! You are both beginning to get into a pattern and a routine during the school week. It is early days but your child appears to be settling into school life well. Fantastic news! You should feel assured.

The next big question you will no doubt be contemplating now is ’How can I support my child throughout his first year in school?’

Published in Learning at home

What can you do to help your child in his first year at school?

Phew! So, your child’s first day at school has come and gone. One milestone event completed! You are both beginning to get into a pattern and a routine during the school week. It is early days but your child appears to be settling into school life well. Fantastic news! You should feel assured.

The next big question you will no doubt be contemplating now is ’How can I support my child throughout his first year in school?’

Published in Learning at home
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

First Day at School

FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL

For me, for the first time, the shoe is now on the other foot! I have no idea how I am going to react as I leave my four-year old son at school on his first day; I may have all the theory in the world but keeping my emotions in tact in reality could be a different story! Having been a Reception teacher for years I have witnessed a wide range of actions and emotional responses from both children and parents on the first day of school.   If I counted up the tears, I have definitely seen more parents in tears than children on the first day!

Published in Transition to 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.

Published in Preparing for school
Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

Following Instructions

“How many times should I have to ask you?” – Is this a common phrase in your house? Do you wonder whether your children can hear properly? Or perhaps your children have selective hearing, opting not to listen and respond to your voice! Or maybe you are struggling with behaviour at home generally?

In addition to improving life at home, being able to follow instructions is one of the key skills that will help children when they start school. Classrooms are exceptionally busy and thriving environments; always so much going on and lots of background noise! Being able to tune in to listen to instructions is a skill that needs to be developed. As parents, you can help your child at home, whilst having some fun along the way! Here are a few examples of how to get your children listening carefully and following instructions:

Published in Behaviour
Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

It's all go, go, go...

AM - Packed lunches made? Children up? Sun cream on? Children dressed? You showered? You dressed (whilst toddler wrapped around your leg)? Children’s bags packed? Children’s books read ready to return and change? Everyone eaten breakfast? Teeth brushed? Your toddler doesn’t make the toilet in time so needs changing for the second time? Your work bag, computer, folders organised? Phew...just making it out the door at 7.30am and your baby decides to fill her nappy? Back up the stairs, quick change and out the door? Quick trip to the childminder’s house, kisses and cuddles goodbye, and off to work?

Published in Transition to school
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Can you do it please Mummy?

You probably do it subconsciously, especially if you are running around trying to get out the door on time...I know I have!  It’s just easier, quicker to get your child’s coat and shoes on for them.  However, take a step back, and, as you are now not in a rush and are reading this blog, reflect on what you are actually teaching your child by doing things for her.  I know from parenting my own four year old he likes to take his time and will often ask me to help him dress.  It is so tempting to just do it for them sometimes, but, in preparation for school, perhaps begin allowing more time (eg. set your alarm clock earlier in the morning) so your child can practise tasks, such as getting dressed, herself.

Published in Preparing for school

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