School readiness

Starting school is a big milestone and Strong Start can support you to prepare your child for this transition.

 What is school readiness?

Being school ready means your child can cope emotionally being separated from their parents and they can develop social skills. They'll also be relatively independent in their personal care, and have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn.

School readiness virtual programme

We have created a series of videos about different aspects of school readiness which can be found on our YouTube channel.   

This video explains more about what school readiness is and introduces the other videos available in this series.

Following instructions is an important skill which children will need in school. This video gives you ideas of how to help your child learn to follow instructions.

The ability for children to sit still and listen for short periods of time is a really important skill for children to learn in order for them to get the best out of their school based learning. This video provides some ideas and activities that you can try to help develop your child’s listening skills.

  • View "School Readiness - I Am Able To Sit Still" on YouTube

Sharing and turn taking are important life skills that all children need to learn in order to play co-operatively and make friends with other children. This video gives you a few ideas you can practise at home to prepare your child.

When children start school it is preferable if they can use cutlery for eating school dinners or to be able to open their own lunch boxes if they take a packed lunch. Find out how you can support your child to develop these skills at home, through this video.

Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers, and thumb. They help children perform important tasks like feeding themselves, writing and drawing and much more. ​It’s important to start working with children on building their fine motor skills early on. This video gives you ideas on how to build fine motor skills at home.

It is important that children understand the importance of having their own independence, including having responsibility of looking after their own things. Tidying up is a big aspect when it comes to the classroom and this is something that children will have to learn when they start school. This video explains how parents can help to develop their child’s independence and a ‘can do’ attitude.

It is important for children to establish a good bedtime routine before starting school so they can get used to their new transition. Having a well-established bedtime routine can benefit children both physically and mentally. This video gives you ideas on what a good bedtime routine could look like and how to implement it.

It is important that children can use the toilet independently when they start school, as teachers and assistants will not be able to physically assist. This includes wiping appropriately and flushing, This video provides some tips on how to encourage your child to develop these skills.

​When your child starts school it is important that they are comfortable to be with the teachers without their parents being there. Learning to be independent helps children feel good about themselves, and make more choices independently, make friends and leads to growth in self-confidence. This video provides ideas on how you can help your children grow their independence.

​Sharing books, stories and rhymes develops skills to support the transition to school. This video gives tips on sharing stories at home.

Your chid will be learning lots of new things when they start school. This video shows you how you can increase your child's confidence in trying new activities so they will challenge themselves in a learning environment.

When your child is at school they will need to get changed for PE, go to the toilet by themselves, and get their coats on to go out in the playground. If they can do all of the above with minimal help then it gives them a sense of achievement and good self-esteem. Find out how you can help them to learn these skills through this video.

​​Knowing when to wash your hands and wipe your nose is a great skill to teach your children in order to avoid unnecessary child illness, and avoid spreading germs. This video provides some ideas on how to teach this at home.