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Resources

This App has been developed using information and ideas from a variety of resources. There are many more opportunities for you to help your child get ready for school so we have listed some of the websites we have found useful. We have listed some resources that can help you to support your child’s learning and development

Your family health visitor will also be able to guide you and provide information tailored for you and your child; contact Bridgewater Health visiting service if you are unsure how to, contact your own health visitor directly.

New Child

How can this app benefit my child?

When it comes to our children it seems there are various lists, tick boxes and goals that need to be achieved and ‘getting ready for school’ is no exception!

This App has been designed to help you support your child to get ready for school; local parents’ experiences and professional knowledge contributed to the development of fun activities that you can share with your child. These activities have been grouped into three sections which were identified as the most significant ‘attributes’ or skills following interesting discussions at a specific.

Social Interactions

During the early years our children develop social skills which enable them to make friends and get along with others. Children learn from our behaviours and by their own experiences.

The activities in this section of the app might give you some ideas to help your child develop their social skills further. Try the two mini-games, ‘sharing sweets’ and ‘making faces’, with your child, to help them understand these key social skills prior to starting school.

Communication

Your child was born to learn. Learning to read and write will come naturally to most children if they are given opportunities to learn at the right times.

The activities in this section of the app might give you some ideas to help your child develop his social skills further. Try the two activities, ‘distingush your name’ and ‘counting to five’, with your child, to help your child to learn key skills for starting school.

Self Awareness

‘Self- regulation’ is a skill that we learn throughout our lives. Foundations for self regulating are laid down in the early years when our parents or other caring adults respond with sensitivity to our needs.

The activities in this section of the app might give you some ideas to help your child develop his social skills further. Complete the two mini-games, ‘getting dressed’ and ‘tidy up’, with your child, to help your child learn to key skills for starting school.

Getting Dressed

Learn to dress for the appropriate weather or time of day.

Counting to Five

The aim of this activity is to introduce your child to counting, try counting from one to five with them before you try this activity.

The Name Game

It's important your child can recognise their name when written down, try writing their name for them and then asking them to copy what you've written, explain to them that this is their name. This also gives you a good opportunity to help them practise holding a pencil.

Eye Spy

Playing eye spy helps your child think about words and the letters those words are made up of

Self Awareness
  • Getting Dressed
  • The Name Game
  • Me, Myself and I
Communication
  • Counting to Five
  • Eye Spy
  • Making their Mark
  • Rhyme Time
Social Interaction
  • Sharing is Caring
  • Making Faces
  • A Teddy Bear's Picnic
  • Making Cookies

Activities Completed

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