In September one of my mindees will start primary school. It may seem a long way off right now but I’m sure the time between now and then will fly!

Here at Aston Childcare these are just some of the ways in which I get mindees “School ready”.

  • We read books about starting school such as Janet Ahlbergs “Starting School”
  • We talk about starting school and how mindees are feeling about it (nervous, excited etc)
  • Teach them to recognise their own name
  • Teach them to be independent by practicing putting on and taking off their own coats, shoes and socks.
  • Teach them to go to the toilet on their own and manage wiping themselves clean and washing their hands
  • Practise eating packed lunches and work out how to manage food wrappers or eat meals using cutlery.
  • Ensure children understand the importance and follow instructions such as “No” and “Stop”
  • Teach them to help with tidying up
  • Sit and read together
  • Offer lots of mark making activities
  • Practice lots of counting


In addition to the above I speak with parents and other settings about how I can help aid their transition. Hopefully this will help in ensuring we have happy school starters come September! J

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