Getting Ready For School


This is a useful guide, but please don't worry if your child is finding some of these things difficult, we will always help. At Middle street there is no uniform, but we ask children to wear sensible clothing for running in and getting messy, so please do not wear anything precious. We are outside a lot so please make sure your child has a suitable coat and footwear on cold and wet days.


  • I know when to wash my hands
  • I can wipe my nose
  • I can ask for help if I don't feel well

Speaking and literacy

  • I am intersted in reading stories and looking at picture books
  • I am able to talk about myself, my needs and feelings
  • I am practising recognising my name when it is written down

Getting dressed

  • I can button and unbutton my clothes
  • I can put my own shoes and socks on
  • I can put my coat on and use a zip

Interest in the World

  • I enjoy learning about the world around me
  • I am intersted in exploring new activities and places
  • I am good at asking questions


  • I can use a knife and fork
  • I can open my packed lunch on my own
  • I am confident at opening wrappers and packaging

Writing skills

  • I like tracing and colouring in
  • I enjoy experimenting with mark making
  • I am practising holding a pencil/pen

Going to the toilet

  • I can go to the toilet on my own,wipe myself and flush
  • I can wash and dry my hands thoroughly


  • I am happy to be away from my mummy, daddy or my main carer
  • I am able to tidy my belongings and look after my things
  • I am feeling confident about starting school

Listening and Understanding

  • I am able to sit and listen for a short while
  • I can follow instructions
  • I understand the need to follow rules

Sharing and turn taking

  • I can share toys and take turns
  • I can play games with others
  • I can interact with other children

Counting skills

  • I enjoy practising counting objects
  • I like number rhymes and counting games
  • I can recognise some numbers when they are written down


  • I have practised getting dressed for school
  • I have good bedtime routine so I am not feeling tired for school
  • I am learning to eat at the times I will on school days