How to Help Your Child

Preparing Your Child for School

There are a number of ways in which you can help to support your child before they enter the Reception Year:

·         Encourage them to dress and undress independently;

·         Teach them to use the toilet independently and to wash their hands;

·         Encourage them to look after their own belongings and to tidy away their toys;

·         Promote play situations with other children to develop social skills.

You can encourage pre-reading skills and mathematical skills by: 

·        Reading a variety of stories and rhymes to your child, talking about the pictures and the story together;

·         Encouraging them to learn nursery and counting rhymes by heart and to play with sounds in words,

          for example, eye-spy;

·         Playing matching games, lotto, etc.;

·         Encouraging your child to complete jigsaws;

Finally, playing games together can have great social and language benefits for your child, and this process is continued throughout this initial Reception year.



  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Oxfordshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
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