What is School Readiness all about… and how do you get your parents on the same page?
Developing school readiness… and bringing parents along for the ride can be tricky.
Whether you hear the term School Readiness as a buzz-phrase coming down from head office, or something every parent seems to want to know about, equipping children with all they need during the early years as about more than preparing them for their transition into a school classroom.
It is about preparing children for all their tomorrows – wherever that may take them. But sometimes, for some people, this needs a wider perspective and somewhat of a rethink.
Each one of us will have different ideas of what School Readiness means. For some it is all about being able to change for PE. For others, it is more about whether children know their numbers up to 20. Or maybe being able to sit still for the length of a lesson is more of a concern.
But we need to stop and think about who is driving these preparations. Whether it is the demands of feeder schools, the wishes of parents or a policy that’s been around for years. And think instead of the experiences children need in their early years to prepare them for a lifetime of learning.
Underpinned by DfE Professional Development Standards
Each session is structured to offer you the knowledge, understanding and support you need to re-examine your practice with confidence. With activities for you to work through, and questions to challenge your current thinking, it will help you to reflect.
As you work through the sessions and participate in discussions, you will come to realise the practices you need to celebrate – and gain the help you need to challenge others.
Ready for more?
If you have enjoyed Developing school readiness… and bringing parents along for the ride, please check out some of my other courses. If you would like a CPD Booster you can try Learning to read or my introduction to the Birth to 5 materials.
If you would like to consider practice a little deeper with some setting wide reflection and development, check out School Readiness… or Lifelong Learning. Here we will look at nurturing the features of learning in all our children – from birth – as we offer them the best start to all their tomorrows.