Preparing for transition to school

Written by: Sarah Neville
Monday, October 1, 2018

We hear a great deal about children being ‘school ready’, which sounds like something both very definitive and well documented, but what does this mean for childminders?


September is typically a busy time in the early years calendar as young children transition from their childminding setting to school. Childminders do their best to prepare children for this important time in their lives – without a set of clear official guidelines to help determine what ‘school ready’ skills they actually need.

Clearly, children need to be able to separate from their carer, use the toilet and wash their hands, put on their coats and shoes, communicate their needs and wishes, make friends and generally cope in a busy classroom environment.

But a new ‘school ready’ indicator has been introduced this year, which we need to prepare our children to face; the test at the start of reception; and we also need to be aware of the ‘good levels of development’ (GLD) test at the end of reception year.

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