Prep Transition - Preparing your child for school


 

The following information is provided to support you with preparing your child for school. It is only a recommended guide.

Parents often ask the question: ”What can we do to prepare our child for school?” We suggest you might like to practise some of the following, having your child complete them as independently as possible.

 

  • Dress himself/herself
  • Do up zippers and buttons
  • Practise taking their jumper on and off
  • Put on shoes and socks
  • Go to the toilet and wash his/her hands, and unlock/lock the toilet door
  • Knows his/her own school bag (add a personal tag)
  • Knows where his/her play lunch is in the school bag
  • Practise zipping up their school bag
  • Knows his/her own clothes which are clearly labelled
  • Be able to open and close their lunch box and drink bottle
  • Be able to use a pair of scissors
  • Look after belongings
  • Be able to tidy up
  • Listen with interest and courtesy when other people speak

Literacy at School

When children are about to begin school, it gives them a good start if they are able to:

  • Recognise and write some letters of their own name
  • Pay attention to repeated sounds in rhyme, jingles and stories
  • Look at books together and listen to them being read
  • Talk about favourite stories
  • Have experience with drawing, scribbling and making marks on paper
  • It is also important to spend time speaking to your child about what school will be like

Numeracy at School

When children are about to begin school, it gives them a good start if they are able to:

  • Talk about their age and recognise some numbers
  • Recognise the number of dots on a dice
  • Name some common shapes 
  • Name some common colours
  • Help adults with everyday counting experiences e.g. when shopping
  • Talk about the days of the week