Preparing for School: Parent transition resources

Below are a range of useful resources and links to websites, where you can find information on helping your child to be ready for school. You will also receive a Transitions leaflet, which will be included with the letter from the school admissions team informing you of your child’s new school.

Click  here to download the leaflet- Ready For School? A Parent’s Guide

Please be aware that any reference to the Children’s Centres is now out of date as they are closed

Click here to view: HOW TO APPLY FOR A STARTING SCHOOL PLACE 2021 Information slides

Our aim is to make sure that the importance of communication is a conversation everyone is having.

The Early Years team in Luton have worked with Reception class teachers in schools to identify 8 TOP TIPS to support your child to be ready for school. Early Years Consultant Jessica introduces these top tips along with photos and videos of children and families…[

 

Top tips for helping your child to be ready for school

Talk with your child

  • As you do everyday things such as going shopping and to the park, try turning your phone to silent so that you can give your child your full attention during these times. This is really important to help them to understand new words and will help them with reading and writing when they start school
  • Click here for the Literacy Trust Tips

Talk with your child

  • As you do everyday things such as going shopping and to the park, try turning your phone to silent so that you can give your child your full attention during these times. This is really important to help them to understand new words and will help them with reading and writing when they start school
  • Click here for the Literacy Trust Tips

Read with your child

Top tips for helping your child to be ready for school

Count with your child
    • Count the number of cars you see or the number of steps as you go up or down. Point out numbers and shapes in the environment. Count backwards and BLAST OFF when you get to zero!
    • Click here for counting resources for the different ages groups.

    Thanks to Surrey County Council for sharing their resources which we hope you find useful.

    Play listening games

    Encourage independence skills

    • With your child before they start school, such as eating with a knife and fork, drinking from a cup, putting shoes and coats on and taking them off, going to the toilet unaided and dressing and undressing like they will do for PE in school

    Encourage your child to hang up their coat and tidy away their toys

    • This will prepare them for doing this at school

    Support your child to join in and share toys with other children

    • Children generally make friends easily, however it can be useful to teach them phrases such as ‘Can I play?’ and ‘Can I play with that after you?’

    Provide daily physical activity

    • For your child to develop coordination skills and strong muscles. Finger exercises such as rolling, squeezing and playing with dough are also useful to help develop the muscles needed for early writing
    • Click here for Livewell get active with your kids
    • Click here for NHS’ Change for Life
    • Click here for Active Luton’s MeTimeFamily Scheme

What to expect when- a guide for parents

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing their first five years, in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years and gives ideas and tips as to how you can help your child’s learning and development

BBC Starting Primary School Campaign

Family Information Service- Finding before and after school childcare

Level Trust- Providing school uniform and equipment

Early Years Alliance Online Learning:

  • Let’s Get Ready for School – A three-week virtual Zoom programme for children due to start school in September 2021. Each session will last 30 minutes and there will be one session per week.
  • For more information and to book please visit their website here
  • Parenting and Family Relationships

    There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting

    Healthy Child

    For information, support and tops tips to help your child eat well

    Child Safety

    Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.

    SEND families

    If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns- find out more on Luton’s Local Offer

    Five to Thrive

    Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:

    Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk

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