As we know children all develop at different stages; and some children starting reception will be almost 5, whilst others are just turning 4, so there will be a range of children’s ability when they start school. However as a parent or carer you can help your child be ready for school by supporting them to develop their skills in self-care and self-regulation.
Between four and five years old children should:
- Be prepared to be separated from their parent or main carer
- Be able to listen and follow age appropriate instructions
- Show an interest in a variety of subjects and paying attention
- Have enough of a range of vocabulary and language to express their needs (toileting, hunger or illness), feelings, thoughts or ideas
- Be able to identify themselves by name, age, state factors in their life, name family members etc.
- Be able to interact in an age appropriately with another child or adult
- Be able to interact, share and play, taking responsibility for their actions, understanding repercussions for their actions
- Be able to observe, notice, discuss and ask questions about their environment and experiences
- Be able to engage with books, have some understanding of words and language
- Respond to boundary setting
- Dress and undress
- Ideally your child is learning to swim – https://www.capt.org.uk/Pages/Category/safety-advice-injury-types
Lewisham Family Information Service (FIS) provide free advice to Lewisham families with children for:
- Childcare and free early education
- Children/ family Centres
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- Schools and Learning
- Support for parents and carers
- Young people activities and clubs
Speak to your health visitor for further information or support with getting your child school ready.