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Whether you’re a parent whose child is about to start at school or a childcare professional supporting a family to take this next big step, we’ve got information, support and reassurance to share.

Starting school resources

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and parents, but it can also be daunting. A recent survey from the Professional Association of Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) showed 71% of parents were anxious about their child starting school. Childcare professionals have a vital part to play in helping to manage the transition to full-time education. After all, being school ready isn’t about a child reading, writing or doing maths, but more about the child’s social and emotional well-being.

It’s important to help children in your care to prepare for this transition, whilst still having fun and empowering them to start to feel confident about the exciting times ahead. PACEY has developed a range of materials to help, including a preparing for school guide which provides some great advice and top tips; steps to starting school posters showing the varying stages of school-readiness; along with some downloadable factsheets for parents about mark-making, communication, listening and numeracy.

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  1. Playday Nursery
    on 20 May 2016

    Starting School

    This information and resource is really helpful not only for the parents/carers but also for the practitioner in the setting to understand the child and their needs when all the talk about starting school is going on. Parents become very anxious about this transition and that reflects on their child/ren. We often find that round the Summer term period children’s behaviour changes to being disruptive, not listening, pushing boundaries but this is not a challenging behaviour, it is just how they express their emotions during this transition period. We have a good link with a school near by who provide us with uniforms, their routines, picture book of their classrooms and teachers, hall, meal times, etc. which helps children to understand what is going to happen when they start school. Thank you for this very useful resource to share with the parents. Rasila Panchal Playday Nursery Huntingdon

  2. Naomi
    on 13 May 2016

    Excellent

    Excellent resources and will enable me to make a fantastic transitions folder for school starters.

    5out of 5
  3. Rit408@hotmail.com
    on 12 May 2016

    Education scholastic .co.uk

    This is a fantastic idea would like to try this out

  4. Maggie
    on 11 May 2016

    School free pack

    Great colourful resources

    5out of 5