Let’s Get Set for School
There is so much controversy around this issue at the moment! Ofsted are placing huge emphasis on children being school ready, here is what the Chief Inspector for Ofsted will be warning to practitioners:
“Amanda Spielman will use a speech to nursery leaders in London on Friday to highlight the rising number of youngsters who lack basic hygiene and language skills by the age of four.
She will urge nursery staff to play their part in helping children learn these skills – saying they can “make a world of difference”.
Mrs Spielman’s speech is expected to describe some children as “lucky” – those who are given bedtime stories or taught the alphabet by their families.
Others, she will say, are “unlucky”, and do not get the same help at home.
“We now have a situation where, aged four, some children have less than a third of the English vocabulary of their peers,” she will tell members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance.
“These children arrive at school without the words they need to communicate properly. Just imagine the disadvantage they face, right from the start. “Unable to follow what’s going on. Unable to keep up with their classmates. Unable to reach their potential.”
Check out the full article from The Telegraph here! In 2020 the Department for Education will be introducing a Baseline Test for all 4-5 year olds entering school to see the skills that they are arriving with, no doubt to put more pressure on parents and what they should be doing to get their children “school ready”.
I recommend the use of this book to prepare your child for school! How you choose to use it is up to you, but the idea of the book is to encourage progressive learning to create confident learners and should be used daily, for a short amount of time. You do not want to put your child off the idea of “schooling” or “work” before they even arrive at school.