Posted on 28/07/2022 by Samantha Lester
Many people believe that a child's readiness for school solely depends on their birthday and the age they are turning. Of course, these are crucial considerations, but as an early years educator, I'd like to let you know that there are a few additional key elements that educators consider before telling you whether or not we believe your child is ready for school.
What is ‘school readiness’?
Being school ready is measured by five key factors that support children in their integration, ability to contribute and thrive in school. Parents often confuse being school ready is measured by the foundation of basic skills such as reading, writing and math. This is not the case, though! School readiness refers to a child's overall growth, including their social and emotional, physical, communicative, and cognitive abilities. Without the ability to manage tasks like getting along with other kids, following directions, and communicating their needs, children can struggle in a school setting.
Factors to consider
Physical - Children have a strong sense of identity - Children can develop their emerging autonomy, inter-dependence, resilience, and sense of agency.
Social - Children have a strong sense of social and emotional wellbeing and connectedness. They get along with others, demonstrate elementary manners, and can work both independently and with others.
Emotional - Children are confident and involved learners. They can manage their emotions, focus on tasks, and follow instructions.
Cognitive - Children are confident and involved learners. They can develop the ability to mirror, repeat and practice the actions of others, either immediately or later.
Language - Children are effective communicators. They can talk and listen to adults and other children, speak clearly, communicate needs, understand stories, and begin to identify some letters and sounds.
Please keep in mind that each child's growth is particular to them; this list is simply intended as a guide.
Have a look at this list of things that would support you in understanding if you your child will be school ready: Developmental Milestones
We will transition to having two school intakes per year starting in 2024. For more information regarding enrolment, finding a school, and when to start primary school or reception: Department for Education