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School Readiness - Meet and Greet feedback

School Readiness  - Meet and Greet feedback

Thank you to those parents who came to our meet and greet session on the 13th June, we had some great discussions about important information linked to getting ready for school. Below is the feedback from the sessions.

 

We came up some points below that we are going to explore further either within school or with the local infant school heads.

  • What do we think our infant schools want in terms of school readiness – what messages did we get from the parent’s meetings?
  • What do we believe is school readiness for our own children?
  • What do we think we do successfully already as a school to prepare our children for school?
  • What do we think we could do better?

Please note these points below are for discussion and debate and came from the parents who attended – more specific info needed can be gained from Stephanie or Ruth if needed

 

Points that were raised and discussed

  • Children are bored at nursery and ready for more structured learning – we discussed how early years is focussed on learning through play and this continues on through Reception mirroring their experiences in Nursery – children are challenged throughout Nursery at their ability level, personalised learning takes place and adaptations are made to learning to ensure that each child is meeting their potential and aiming above.
  • Breakfast type snack in one school being introduced– will it put children off eating their lunch, how will it be monitored, voluntary contribution – can anyone have it, is it carb heavy
  • Summer born children later developing, keys to unlocking school readiness very appropriate for some of these but not for other more able children, large gap noticed by parents.
  • Actual skills missing off the keys for unlocking - e.g. name writing, are these important, are they being devalued?

 

Feedback and discussion discussion items in yellow

  • What do we think our infant schools want in terms of school readiness – what messages did we get from the parent’s meetings? – that children are ready for school, that the schools are not aware of the more able needs of our children,
  • What do we believe is school readiness for our own children? Based on individual needs
  • What do we think we do successfully already as a school to prepare our children for school? Tasks and activities completed with individual children, visits – personalised, reassuring parents and children, more able work with children to push on to reach their potential
  • What do we think we could do better? More structured perhaps like school – discussed this in great detail about an Early Years ethos that is based around play and is child led that should be mirrored across all early years settings including reception in schools which is still early years

 

To discuss further with the infant heads

  • Look into what content the children are going to be covering and will it match the children’s abilities especially more able children – worried from parent’s meetings.
  • Ofsted reports – what is good going to look like?
  • Have I chosen the right school? – what will reassure me?

 

Handouts given for information on school readiness (with links where possible)

10 keys to unlocking school readiness

DCC – Are they ready for school leaflet?

50 things to do before you start school

Steps to starting school

Preparing your child for starting school

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