Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

School Readiness




Dear Parents/Carers,

We thought that you might be interested in this extract. These are points raised by the Chief Ofsted Inspector, and what they see as ‘School Readiness.’ This provides both the pre-school staff and parents with a useful starting point to prepare children for school.

Children need to be able to:

  • Speak to an adult and know when to ask for help.
  • Understand the word ‘stop’, and that this might be used to prevent danger.
  • Understand the word ‘no’ and the boundaries it sets.
  • Recognise their own name, including familiar signs and logos.
  • Talk in full sentences and have a good, detailed vocabulary.
  • Be aware of other children – play and form friendships.
  • Sit still and listen when asked, and also be able to take turns and share.
  • Be toilet trained and able to visit the toilet unaided.
  • Take coat on and off, put on shoes, and dress and undress for PE with minimal adult support.
  • Open and enjoy a book both independently and with an adult.
  • Recognise numbers and take part in counting games.
  • Hold a pencil properly to make marks and begin to draw.
  • Eat a meal or snack unaided, identify and enjoy a range of healthy foods.

Click on the link below for  Central Bedfordshire for School Readiness information, including the '16 ticks' list  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school/pupil-support/attendance/school-readiness.aspx