Top 10 tips on how to prepare your child for Starting BIG School

1.    Teach some basic independence skills eg: getting dressed/undressed, using the toilet, handwashing

2.    Teach to use scissors effectively (left handed ones are also available)

3.    Teach to recognise own name (lower case apart from the initial letter) and some of the letters in their name

4.    Teach to begin to share using techniques such as a timer

5.    Teach to use basic cutlery independently

6.    Teach basic manners to express and communicate a need

7.    Encourage to eat whole fruit (not grapes)

8.    Practise routines that reassure your child when leaving them for periods of time

9.    Read starting school books and talk positively about school and your own experiences

10.  Label absolutely everything