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

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
  • Read with your child
    • Research shows that just 10 minutes of reading every day is one of the best ways you can support your child’s education
  • 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.
  • 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

Top clips for helping your child to be ready for school

What to expect when- a parents guide

The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during 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

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