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" The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important. They are the foundation that shapes children's future health, happiness, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and in life in general "

For Parents

Things you can do at home to prepare your child for school:

  • Allow your child to set the table.

  • Count the items in your shopping basket.

  • Read to your child daily.

  • Encourage your child to read basic words e.g. it, the, and, is ect.

  • Speak to your child about their day.

  • Sing songs together.

  • Play with blocks and make coloured patterns.

  • Encourage your child to play with play dough.

  • Encourage your child to cut pictures from junk mail.

  • Encourage your child to carry their own kindergarten bags to and from the centre.

  • Sing the Alphabet song together.

  • Encourage your child to make their own bed in the morning.

  • Encourage your child to pack up their toys.

  • Encourage your child to dress themselves.

  • Encourage your child to help you hang the clothes. This could be by passing the clothes to you or by getting the pegs.

  • Encourage your child to count the pegs.

  • Encourage your child to eat independently.

  • Set an alarm clock for going to bed and waking up in the morning.

  • Encourage your child to brush their teeth independently.

  • Explain to your child about making right and wrong choices.

  • Play basic board games as a family.

  • Use creative skills to develop their fine motor skills such as forming letters in the dirt with a stick.

  • Encourage your child to write their name, you could be creative by getting them to write on the shower screen.

  • Discuss with your child about being resilient and having a positive growth mindset.

  • Most importantly spend quality time ensuring your child feels loved, secure and free to be themselves.

CHILDREN WHO FEEL HAPPY AND SAFE ARE MORE LIKELY TO TAKE RISKS AND SUCCED IN THE FUTUTUE.