Ready, steady, school

Preparing your child for the start of primary school will help them feel more confident about the big changes that are about to happen and what to expect at their new school. Starting school is a huge step in yours and your child’s life.

There are a range of ways you can prepare your child for their new environment.


Things that you can do to help your child prepare include:

  • Encouraging your child to talk about going to school, visit the school to look around.
  • Encouraging your child to do things on their own e.g. dressing/undressing, shoes, coats, toileting etc.
  • Talking to friends and other families about what school is like
  • Attending transition-to-school days at your child’s new school, find out what the school offers to support your childs individual needs.
  • Talking to the school about how you can be involved in your child’s life at school
  • Borrow our home learning resources to enhance your childs focus and engagement.
  • Be positive about starting school and enjoy your child’s excitement, however try not to overwhelm them.
  • Arrange playdates, particularly over the summer holidays, with friends going to the same school.

A stress free first day at school

  • Include your child in packing their bag/book bag.
  • Pack a spare set of clothes just in case.
  • Name all clothes and belongings.
  • Ensure all clothing and shoes have simple fastenings.
  • try not to show your child how you are feeling or talk negatively in their earshot.
  • Leave a note in your child’s lunchbox that will remind him you’re thinking of him while he’s at school.

The first day at school can be tough for children and parents, but with a little preparation it’ll be easier for you to cope.

How we are supporting your child with their transition to school:


  • Adult led activites provide your child with the opportunity to engage and focus for up to 30 minutes in duration and therefore preparing them for P E sessions and other adult led activities which will take place in school. e.g. cooking, small/large groups, visitors, numeracy/literacy play, board games, Key sports, Dance Waves, Boogie Beats etc.
  • Children’s personal, social and emotional skills are our highest priority which will enable their transition to school to be smoother. Your child’s confidence will develop when they can separate from you happily and be reassured that you will return, create positive relationships with both adults and their peers, take pride in their achievements and independence, develop a love to learn through play and adult led activity
  • During the last term we will be taking the register when we gather in the small room to prepare them for school routines.
  • We practice phonics on a daily basis and encourage children to engage in activities which will develop social skills, communication skills and physical development. We encourage children to engage in adult initiated activities which will develop their skills and enjoyment of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Our school board will have photographs of the children and the teachers of the school your child will attend which creates a talking point and an interest in preparing for school.
  • Our local schools booklet has photographs of our local schools and the reception areas in the school.
  • We offer the opportunity to access resources which have strong links to their transition to school e.g.; uniform and book bags in the role play area, books about going to school, researching schools on the Ipad and comparing the similarities and differences.
  • Our positive behaviour strategy encourages the children to develop good listening, sitting, kind hands, inside voice, looking skills and taking turns in conversation. etc. Consistency is vital.
  • “Bot on a spot” encourages children to sit still for short periods of time and respect others space.
  • Reception teachers are invited into the pre-school to meet the children who will be attending their class in September.
  • We encourage and support children to develop self-care skills, including toileting, self-serving skills during snack and lunch times, putting their own shoes and coats on and attempting fastenings, undressing and dressing if required.
  • We provide opportunity for children to be “responsible” and take charge of specific areas during tidy up time.

We hope this document has helped you look forward to your child’s journey from St Michael’s Pre-school to school. Please feel free to speak to a member of staff should you have any concerns or questions.