Small Talk - A website supporting the development of speech and language through talking with your child.
We are going to be adding information here to support you and your child to get ready for starting school.
We are thinking about how we will continue to communicate with the parents and carers of the children starting in September. In the meantime please do email the school office with questions or anything else:
We are creating a virtual tour of the top building and playground to help you and your child become more familiar with the school.
Home visits will now be phone calls or video chats, and the additional support we would give to families of SEND children will still happen, but in these new ways. Ironing out the details will take time, but we want you to feel prepared and supported.
How you can help prepare your child for school
Here are some ways that you can help your child to get ready for a confident start in September -
1. Being independent can be encouraged at home – the following will particularly help; getting dressed and undressed, using the toilet independently (with good hand washing) and tidying up when they have finished playing with something before getting other things out.
2. The importance of language/conversation singing nursery rhymes, reading stories to your child, and doing activities with your children like baking, spending time in the garden together, going for a walk and simply chatting with them. Parents often underestimate the value of talking with their children.
3. Developing motor control there are some useful suggestions on the video clip about helping your child with their motor control. Fine motor skills are developed through lots of play activities that your child will already enjoy. Here are some suggestions; playing with Lego or other construction, jigsaws, threading, colouring, art activities, playdough and cooking. Gross motor activities include running, jumping, climbing, balancing, playing with a ball…
4. Sleep - your child will find starting school very tiring and may need more sleep than normal. Having a good bedtime routine will help with this. There is some useful advice on the links.
How to talk to your child about the change in plans
Things are uncertain at the moment, but this doesn’t need to affect the way you talk about transition with children of this age. We approach a lot of things thinking like an adult, but kids may tend to be more resilient than adults in many ways.
The conversation can be as simple as, e.g. “We’re waiting for a message to tell us when you’re going to start school, isn’t that really exciting?” Ask them what they might like to think about to get ready and what they are looking forward to.
Top tips for toilet training
How to help your child’s fine motor skills
Nursery Rhymes – guide for parents