Posted on: October 5, 2016
Yes, it’s time for that perennial question that many parents agonise over – but then again, who wouldn’t? This question addresses something that goes beyond age, as while your child may be ready to join school age-wise, you must wonder whether they are actually ready to embark on a 13-year journey of education.
At this point, several questions must be running through your minds; will they struggle if I send them to school now? Is it too early? Are they emotionally mature enough? Are they academically ready?
It is commonly believed among education consultants and early childhood experts that the best person to assess school readiness is your child’s preschool teacher. It is also important to consider that school readiness is not solely defined by your child’s ability to read, write, or count. In addition to these points, your child must be ready to thrive as an individual and accept challenges. Therefore, emotional and social maturity are key when it comes to school readiness.
Here is a checklist put together by Kathy Walker (Melbourne education consultant and early childhood expert) for you to take into account when determining whether your child is ready for school or not!
So, how can you as a parent help your child succeed with these areas of criteria?
Hopefully this article has helped with your understanding of what it means to be ready for school. You as a parent can facilitate this adventure your child is about to undertake for at least the next 13 years of their life! Visit www.peterhouse-preschool.com for more information!