School Readiness

School Readiness

Many parents are interested in the skills that children need before starting school. Whilst traditionally it was reading and writing. Now schools prefer to teach this once children start school. The NSW department of education and training has developed a list of skills that may make starting school a bit easier.

Our program allows children to develop these skills by exploring topics that interest them.

Please don’t hesitate to talk to our staff if you have any questions.

Personal/Social Skills:

  • Adapts to unfamiliar settings and new experiences
  • Can say own name and address
  • Can finish a task and tidies up afterward
  • Uses the toilet independently
  • Plays cooperatively with other children – shares and takes turns
  • Can sit and listen to a story for a few minutes
  • Is curious about the world
  • Can share an adult’s attention with several children
  • Participates in imagination play


  • Talks to other people about familiar objects and events
  • Answers and asks simple questions
  • Makes needs to be known
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Uses books for enjoyment or looking at pictures
  • Identifies pictures in books, magazines on television or video
  • Uses a variety of things (pens, pencils, textas, paintbrushes) to draw, to scribble or to write.
  • Joins in singing familiar songs

Physical Skills

  • Uses scissors to cut along a straight line
  • Enjoys a variety of indoor and outdoor play
  • Can put on and take off jumpers, shoes, and socks independently
  • Makes and designs things using a variety of materials

Mathematical Skills

  • Recognized that numbers can be used to count
  • Uses words like ‘many’, ‘a lot’, ‘more’ and ‘less’
  • Identifies things in a group that are different
  • Sees differences in shapes
  • Differentiates between opposites and up and down, under and over, in front and behind, night and day.

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