Rather than discuss ‘children’s readiness for school’, we should consider whether schools are ready for their new children.
How prepared is your school for its new intake of Reception or Year 1 children? Are you aware and mindful of the many hurdles that 4- and 5-year-old children have to overcome as they transition from pre-school to primary school? Children, like adults, enjoy and are stimulated by novelty and change. That first day of school following the transfer to 'big school’ is a landmark in the process of growing up. Children look forward to change, even when they’re apprehensive, but as noted in the 1967 Plowden report on primary education, “If change is to stimulate and not to dishearten, it must be carefully prepared and not too sudden.”
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