Getting children ready for school

Information and ideas to help your child be ready for their first day at school.

What is school readiness?

School readiness may mean several things to different people.  At Oxfordshire County Council we have adopted UNICEF’s description of the three elements of school readiness:

  • Children’s readiness for school
  • Families and communities’ readiness for school
  • Settings’ and schools’ readiness for children.

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.

A child who is ready for school will be:

  • Curious and confident about learning.
  • Resilient and ready to take part.
  • Able to take risks, ask questions and find solutions.
  • Confidently active and be healthy.
  • Independent with self-care skills.
  • Comfortable to make friends and take turns.
  • Cared for and feel safe and secure.
  • Able to vocalise choices.

Is your child ready?

Ask yourself these questions to see if your child is fully prepared to start school.

  • Are they able to dress themselves?
  • Are they becoming confident and able to make friends?
  • Can they go to the toilet on their own?
  • Can they listen to others with understanding?
  • Can they explain how they feel?

Families and communities readiness for school