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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
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

IS YOUR CHILD STARTING SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

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.

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
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

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