Starting school is an important milestone for every child and their family. At Busy Bees we believe that when children leave our centres to embark on the next chapter in their lives, we must do all we can to support and celebrate this transition, ensuring the children are well prepared for the next stage in their learning – this year is no different.
From April, in our centres we would be starting our work to prepare children for school but given the current circumstances, we are adapting the way we would normally do things.
Please be assured if your child is starting school this year, we are still here for you every step of the way.
Each week we are going to share our expertise and involve you, our parents, in this transition process, along with supporting activities for you and your child to embrace at home. This will cover every element that we feel your child would need to support their preparation to start school.
What is school readiness?
Children’s early experiences are paramount for their future success and these are influenced by many factors including the impact of their early education and care. Within all Busy Bees centres it is a firm belief that all children need to be able to start school:
- ready to learn
- able to make friends and play
- confident to ask for what they need
- voice what they think
Centre Support for Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Children
If your child is still attending our centre, then your child’s Key Person will continue as normal to plan and provide a variety of activities to promote school readiness for example:
- Reading books together about starting school
- Role playing the teacher with the register
- Wearing school uniform for the day
- Eating lunch from a lunch box
- Taking part in a fun sports day
Staff will also discuss with the children how they are feeling, taking an interest in what they say and engaging in conversations, for example asking them what their teacher's name is. If you have time then please do use this page and UP as a resource to build on the work we will be doing at our centre.
Our school ready journey
Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at different ways to support you and have developed resources to help support your child in the run up to starting school.
To get started, download my journey to school tracker to support your child in getting ready for school.
Remember, for additional support and advice you can log into the UP app which has a tremendous amount starting school activities, advice and inspiration.
Follow this page for weekly updates, advice and activities to support your child on their exciting next chapter in life.