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What do we know about school readiness?

School readiness: How can a parent know?

Kathy says parents can’t be expected to make a completely independent decision on whether their child is ready to start the school journey.

“The best person to assess school readiness is the child’s preschool teacher,” she says. “And it’s important parents listen to the advice given because this person has been trained in early childhood development.”

She stresses that school readiness is not about being able to read or write, know colours or count.

“These skills will be taught at school so they are not a priority for starting school,” she says.

“To enter school ready to thrive, flourish and enjoy the challenges – rather than merely just coping – we are taking the issue of school readiness more seriously and carefully.

“Readiness is really mostly about emotional and social maturity - aspects of development that we cannot fast-track. We cannot make a child who lacks the necessary maturity become mature.”

Expert checklist to assess school readiness

The key areas of maturity and development are the social and emotional areas, says Kathy.

While she is reluctant to have parents tick off a checklist, here are some of the questions she asks when assessing school readiness:

  • Can they make an independent decision and follow through on this?
  • Do they have ideas of their own?
  • Can they follow two or three instructions at the same time?
  • Can they move on to new activities easily?
  • Do they separate well from their carer?
  • Do they show interest in other kids?
  • Do they interact with other children?
  • Can they recognise and express their feelings and needs?
  • Can they concentrate on a task?
  • How do they deal with frustration?

How can parents help with school readiness?

There are many activities that parents undertake with young children that have a positive effect on their development and promote school readiness. These include:

  • reading with your child
  • teaching them songs and nursery rhymes
  • playing with letters and numbers
  • taking children on excursions
  • creating regular opportunities for them to play with their friends and other children.
Importance of Early Learning for School Readiness

Victorian Cursive Script

Victorian Cursive Script is the script that Teachers teach children when learning hand writing.

Kindergarten Teachers use this script around the room for signs and posters for children to become familiar with this writing.

If children become interested in writting and wanting to learn how to write their own name, it is important to teach them the Victorian Cursive Script letters.

Below is a link to the government website to download this script to your computer and to learn more about it.

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