St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Starting School September 2021

School Readiness

Each child is unique and therefore will start school at a different stage of development. Schools and local early year's settings work closely together to ensure a smooth transition and induction into school for all children.

School Readiness is when a child holds curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around them. They are able to co-operate and share with one another. They speak clearly in sentences whilst listening and understanding what others day. They move with co-ordination whilst able to address their care needs. This can be summed up as...

7 skills to support children in school readiness:

  • Co-operating
  • Listening and understanding
  • Sharing
  • Dealing independently with care needs
  • Speaking clearly in sentences
  • Having co-ordination
  • Showing curiosity and enthusiasm

These are the basic skills we need to help children develop and be secure in, so they are ready and able to make a good start in school. The supporting statements below are identified on the School Readiness leaflet for families.

Co-operating: I will need to learn how to get on well with others.

Listening and understanding: I enjoy talking about stories we have shared together. You can help by giving me simple instructions to follow.

Sharing: It is important for me to be able to share with other children.

Dealing independently with care needs: Using the toiler, washing my hands and learning how to get dressed by myself will really help me at school.

Speaking clearly in sentences: If I can talk clearly, I will be able to ask for help when I need it and my friends and adults will understand what I am saying.

Having co-ordination: I will learn best if I am encouraged to be active from the tips of my fingers to the ends of my toes.

Showing curiosity and enthusiasm: I need to have lots of fun opportunities to explore the world around me.

Below are some leaflets and handy links from the BCP family information service regarding school readiness:

I can practise these skills! 

School Transition Top Tips!

BCP School Readiness Leaflet

BCP Early Years Facebook Page

BCP Council Children's Centres

BCP Family Information Directory

Health Visiting Team Spring Newsletter

Transition Days & Key Dates

Coming soon...

Sancreed Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4DZ

01202 741932

stjosephs@sjcp.co.uk