School Readiness: Tips to Help Your Child Thrive at Big School

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The transition from preschool to big school is an important time for families and for many parents, it marks the unchangeable ending of the ‘playground years’. 

School readiness is a hot topic amongst the parents of pre-schoolers and while much of the groundwork is provided in high-quality early childhood environments, there is plenty that parents can do to support their children as they transition to big school.

Leading early childhood provider Only About Children offers six helpful tips for parents seeking to prepare their children for, and successfully transition to the much more independent world of primary school. These simple strategies can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and will boost your child’s confidence as they begin school.

Self-care skills

Practising self-care or self-help skills is really important. Things like getting dressed, packing a school bag, opening and closing their own lunch box, drinking a bottle and going to the bathroom. These are important school readiness skills that will encourage your child, give them confidence and boost their self-esteem, knowing that they are able to do it on their own.

Letter & number recognition

Play number and letter games with your child to introduce the concept of counting and letter recognition. This can be easily incorporated into everyday activities such as counting the number of toys on the floor or pointing out words when reading aloud to them. Encourage your child’s listening and attention skills by reading stories to them, practising holding books, turning papers and singing nursery rhymes. Asking questions about the story or song can also support your child’s development and understanding of communication skills.


Gross motor skills

Help your child develop physical skills such as gross motor skills that are also fundamental life skills and can support many areas of learning. Using scissors or glue, drawing with a pencil, building with blocks or helping with the cooking can all help children develop gross motor skills.

School familiarisation

Allow your children to become familiar with the school they are attending. This will help them feel more confident and comfortable on their first day. Visit their new school and attend any school orientations that are offered. This will allow you to meet other families in the school community.

Social skills

Provide opportunities for your child to play with other children to develop their social and language skills. Children should be able to share, take turns during play and develop friendships. Teaching your child how to introduce themselves to other children and join in play with others will help them feel confident and build friendships at school.

Check-in with your providers

Talk with your child’s current kindergarten or early childhood education teacher to determine if any of the areas mentioned above require extra attention or practice. Early childhood providers can, if necessary, provide advice and information on how your child is tracking and how well they are likely to fare in a primary school environment, this is especially important if you are trying to decide whether to give your child another year of preschool or to send them to big school.

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