Manchester City Council

Schools, education & childcare Getting your child ready for school

Children learn and grow through playing, exploring, being active and creative, and by being asked questions to help their thinking. They go to school or nursery at different ages with different abilities – your teacher will help your child to progress at their own pace. 

There are lots of skills you can practise with your child at home to give them the best start when they join their new classmates.

Chatting with your child about school in a positive way in the time leading up to them starting, and involving them in the process of getting them ready to do things for themselves so they can concentrate on learning, can help alleviate any worries they may have. They do not have to be able to reach all of the milestones by the time they start school, but it can be helpful to practice these things in the lead-up.

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