School readiness is currently a recurrent theme in the early years having been discussed across the many reviews in the last few years e.g. Field (2010), Allen (2011), Tickell (2011). It is not a new term though, as it was used in the late 70’s and 80’s with reference to children attending nursery and preparations for reading, writing and maths - pre-reading, pre-writing were terms frequently used (Plowden Report 1967). But what does this term mean and what is school readiness about – the child or the school?
The focus of the day is to think together about…
- why ‘school readiness’?
- what do we mean by ‘school readiness’?
- shaping your own view of ‘school readiness’
- how we can keep a firm and respectful focus on young children’s thinking, learning and development
- the revised EYFS particularly the characteristics of learning and teaching and how they support children’s ‘readiness’ for the next steps
- good early years practice, reflecting on your philosophy about how young children learn best
This course is aimed at all practitioners, teachers, leaders/managers and Head Teachers who want to know more about what it means to be school ready.
Trainer: Di Chilvers