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School Readiness

At Chingford House Nursery we recognise that the term ‘School Readiness’ is subjective, and that it may hold different meanings among the parents, staff and children. As a setting, we wanted to create a statement that encompasses the views of us all, demonstrating that we have found consensus in how we prepare the children for school. The Early Years Foundation Stage advocates that it (EYFS) ‘promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life’.


Chingford House Nursery School Readiness statement:

At Chingford House Nursery, our goal is to give the children the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need for future learning. We aspire to work in partnership to ensure that the children are holistically prepared for school: academically, socially and emotionally. Our aim is to encourage the children to be active learners, to be keen participants in their learning and to be socially and emotionally ready to start the next phase of their educational journey.


Knowledge & Skills:

These are some of the knowledge and skills that we (parent, staff and children) would like the children to achieve before going to school:

• To be able to confidently speak to a teacher (asking for support, to have needs met and to express any concerns or worries they may have)
• To be able to use the toilet independently and to be able to wipe their own bottom
• To be able to sit and listen to a story or a discussion for a short period of time
• To be able to recognise and write their own name

(Teach me my letters and numbers – Zane: Marigolds)
• To be able to count up to 10 (in some cases – 20)
• To be able to undress/dress independently and manage fastenings such as buttons & zips
(I want to learn to do my zip on my coat – Joseph: Bluebells)
(I am learning to do my buttons by myself – Thomas: Bluebells)
(Teach me to do my laces – Zane: Marigolds)
• To be responsible for remembering their own coat, spare clothes and packed lunch box etc.
• To have good table manners and to eat in a timely manner
• To make friends and to be friendly and helpful
• To be able to share, take turns and to co-operate
• To be tolerant and respectful to all and to include others in play & learning
• To be aware of boundaries/‘golden rules’ and to behave accordingly (to listen and to follow instructions)
• To be able to follow and adapt to routines
• To be able to separate from parents independently or with minimal support

We are extremely proud of our Pre-Schoolers. They have demonstrated a desire to learn, to play and to engage and we have every confidence that they will do well when they leave us to go to school.

Well done to our big learners!


Policy created by: Yolande Farrell : Manager, and the children, staff and parents of Bluebells & Marigolds


Signed off by: Zarkar Akhtar Owner

Date: July 2021

Date of next review: July 2023

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