Skip to main content Skip to accessibility
  Non-Javascript users can confirm they have successfully signed out of MyAccount by clicking here

School readiness JSNA

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) identifies key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of our residents, both now and in the future.

63.8% of children in Rochdale borough achieved a good level of development at the end of reception in 2016/17 (Department for Education, Foundation Stage Profile Results).

We want children in the borough to start school healthy and ready to learn. We measure school readiness at the end of reception year using the early years foundation stage profile.

3 factors are very important to the likelihood that a child is ready to start school: socio-economic status, high-quality early education and care, and ‘good parenting’.

What is school readiness?

We consider a child ready to learn if they:

  • Are ready to be separated from their parent or carer
  • Are able to demonstrate listening skills
  • Have enough language to express themselves
  • Are able to take turns when they’re playing
  • Respond well to some boundaries and take responsibility for their actions
  • Focus on their work for short periods of time
  • Can hold a book

Too many children, especially those from poorer backgrounds, have low levels of communication, language, literacy and maths skills. Studies show that gaps in achievement between the poorest and wealthiest children are already established by the age of 5.

Statistics on school readiness

Public Health England (PHE) - Early years health profiles - PHE produces a number of reports and resources on child and maternal health which can be accessed through their data and analysis tools portal. These profiles include data on health that contribute towards children being ready for school

Early years foundation stage attainment data - statistics on early years foundation stage profile assessments including breakdowns by pupil characteristics.

Guidance on school readiness

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance: Social and emotional wellbeing: early years - this guidance covers support for the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children under 5 through home visiting, childcare and early education.

Public Health England (PHE) – Giving every child the best start in life guidance - PHE produced this guidance aimed at increasing the proportion of children who are ready to learn at 2 and ready for school at age 5. It includes information on the importance of early years and the role that health professionals play in getting children ready for school.

Related pages


01706 925035

Phone: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Public Health and Wellbeing
Floor 3
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU