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Getting children ready for school

​Supporting a child to be ready for school is a journey that involves a wide range of people.

When is a child ready for school?

In the borough, we believe school ready children are curious, confident and co-operative. We consider a child ready to start primary school if they:

  • Are confident in approaching and communicating with others
  • Are excited and enthusiastic about learning
  • Are resilient, ready to take on new things and solve problems
  • Feel safe, secure, cared for, listened to, valued and respected
  • Have a broad range of knowledge and skills and are able to make choices
  • Are active, healthy and can independently use self-care skills
  • Have started to develop an awareness of their own emotions and behaviour
  • Have started to develop their turn taking and co-operation with others

Why school readiness is important

A child who is ready for school is more likely to meet their full potential, throughout their schooling and in life beyond the school gates.

What Rochdale borough parents and practitioners do in these early years to support school readiness really does make a difference to the rest of a child’s life.

If you're a practitioner in the borough, read our leaflet on supporting children to be ready for school (1MB pdf)

School Readiness Strategy

Our goal for the borough is for all services working with young children and their families to play an important role in supporting school readiness.

Our school readiness strategy reflects key principles that school readiness is achieved through families, ready communities, ready services and ready children. It includes:

  • Strategic aims for getting children ready for school
  • Key outcomes of school readiness
  • Local and national context of school readiness
  • Comparison of school readiness in the borough to other areas of the UK
View our school readiness strategy 2018-2020 (2.8MB pdf)

School readiness conference - November 2018

We're hosting a conference on school readiness on Friday, 23 November 2018 for services working with children in the borough. The conference will help us reach the goals outlined in our school readiness strategy.

Programme for the school readiness conference (462kb pdf)

Download the presentations from the conference on school readiness:

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​01706 647474​

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm.

Early Help and Schools
Floor 4
​Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU