School readiness may mean several things to different people. At school we have adopted UNICEF’s description of the three elements of school readiness:
- Children’s readiness for school
- Families and communities’ readiness for school
- Settings’ and schools’ readiness for children.
Children have the potential to become school ready when families, early years providers and schools work together to support the development of children’s confidence, resilience and curiosity.
A child who is ready for school will be:
- Curious and confident about learning.
- Resilient and ready to take part.
- Able to take risks, ask questions and find solutions.
- Confidently active and be healthy.
- Independent with self-care skills.
- Comfortable to make friends and take turns.
- Cared for and feel safe and secure.
- Able to vocalise choices.
NHS Better Health Start for Life website has a full range of evidence-based, detailed and accessible advice for parents on activities they can do with children at every stage between birth and 5 years old, and a search facility to connect them to local support.