Head Office News
10th May 2016

Preparing for school

Preparing for school

At Busy Bees, our nurseries and pre-schools are dedicated to developing children’s interests and skills through fun and exciting activities, in line with statutory framework (EYFS). 

A recent survey, carried out by The Key for The State of Education found that almost a third of children are not arriving ‘school ready’ when starting in reception class.

The survey found that 79% of concerned teachers saw a ‘lack of social skills’ as a big issue, with ‘delayed speech’ and ‘deficient self-help skills’ also being recognised as problems for children when starting primary school.  

In addition, 58% of teachers surveyed also said that pupils do not have the necessary reading skills, 56% highlighted the need for improved standards of writing and 55% were disappointed with the level of numeracy education. Read the Nursery World article here.

Our childcare team have recognised findings in recent years and have responded by developing unique learning enhancements, dedicated to promoting core skills in all children ages 0-5 years. Our learning enhancements offer age-appropriate activities to provide children with basic skills they need in preparation for school: 

Babble to Chatter – supported by language expert Elizabeth Jarman, Babble to Chatter is a learning enhancement available in all of our nurseries and pre-schools. This enhancement focuses on developing children’s language and communication skills at every level through activities and play. We also provide all parents with a ‘Babble to Chatter’ parent pack for them to take and use at home to continue each and every child’s learning experience. 

Problem Solving to Mathematics – endorsed by award-winning author Neil Griffiths, our maths enhancement has been developed to provide children with strong numeracy foundations that they can build upon at school and throughout the rest of their lives. Maths is not just about counting, but understanding concepts such as classifying, predicting and calculating too, and through this enhancement we set out to achieve this understanding in children in our nurseries. 

Shake and Write – through a set routine and music, this enhancement helps to develop writing skills of children in our pre-schools. The music and movement is unique to Busy Bees and has been carefully considered to include all shapes needed to write, to help prepare children for the next stage of their learning. Many of our pre-schools also feature a smart board where children are encouraged to draw shapes, letters and words that help their writing skills. 

Self-serve – all children in our nurseries and pre-schools enjoy meal times with staff and peers. Children are supported to understand their surroundings, by discussing what objects are on the table and what food is on their plate. Once children reach pre-school, they are encouraged to take a cup and pour their own drink, set their table, use a knife and fork and tidy their plate away. This process is beneficial in helping all children who continue from our pre-school to school have confidence at meal times. 

These are just a few learning enhancements available in our pre-schools that help to prepare children for school, alongside practising activities such as lining up, following a flexible timetable structure, bringing a lunch box to eat from and bringing a PE kit to change into for sports.

Our pre-school teams work closely with parents to ensure that this important time is as smooth, seamless and positive as possible, not only for your child but for you also. The process is gradual and re-assuring so that you and your child can be confident when moving on to the next step. 

Book a visit to your local Busy Bees pre-school here.

If your child is 3 or 4 years old they are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare*, as a part of the national government scheme to provide children with access to high quality early years opportunities. Learn more about free entitlement where you are here.

*Free childcare requirements may vary if you are in Wales and Scotland. Please contact your nursery manager or local council to find out what you are entitled to in those areas.