At this time we would be enjoying events together such as sports day and a trip to the zoo, and stay and play sessions with families and their children. These are just some of the things we do to celebrate at the end of term all the achievements we have had the pleasure to observe together at preschool over the term.
The end of term is a time to reflect and celebrate how the children have grown, not just in height but grown in confidence, resilience and independence – all key attributes to have an increased chance of settling well into school life, when the time comes.
Is my child ready to start school?
This is something which parents ask themselves and must be more of a concern during this time when we are unable to plan transition visits and prepare children to move from one setting to the other.
We are very lucky to be on the primary school grounds where children can get familiar with a school environment , whether it is attending PE sessions in the school hall or joining together for school events. So our transitioning really begins when children start here at preschool, even without children realising it!
It is important to remember that all children develop at their own pace and as long as children are supported in their work towards self-care and self-regulation that is the very best that can be done. The rest will come in time.
Good social and emotional skills will ensure that children have a solid foundation on which to build their skills, giving them the best possible chance for being ready for school when the time comes.
You have been preparing your child at home over these months by providing positive interactions and play. Lots of happy memories made during the lockdown with children and their families is so much more valuable to them.
I would suggest that over the coming weeks you could arrange for your children to meet up with their preschool peers over the summer so they can socialise and play together something which they have missed out on due to the restrictions and preschool closure.
We will also be sending out a ‘More about me’ letter where you and your child can fill in together and I can pass it onto their new teacher.
In the meantime please keep logging onto Tapestry for information and suggested fun activities and also on our Facebook page. Both links are available on our website.
Each and every child who has come through the doors at preschool is valued and we have every faith that they will do well in their new adventures!
From all of us at preschool! 🙂