What is school readiness?

Find out what we mean by school readiness

Children have the potential to become school ready when families, early years providers and schools work together to support the development of children’s confidence, resilience and curiosity.

These are some of the characteristics of school readiness:

  • Self-regulation
  • Sensory processing
  • Receptive language (understanding)
  • Expressive language (talking)
  • Articulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Emotional development/regulation
  • Social skills
  • Planning/sequencing

The Early Years team has developed a comprehensive toolkit of resources to support busy leaders and practitioners in early years settings and schools. The toolkit can be accessed via our dedicated website on an annual subscription basis.

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The home learning environment

Families and communities readiness for school

Settings and schools readiness for children

Research and information

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