School Readiness Programmes

Ready to Grow…Ready to Learn…Ready to Succeed ​

School readiness means each child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success.

Families, education and early care providers, school staff and community partners must work together to provide environments and developmental experiences that promote growth and learning to ensure successful transition. 
  • Approaches to learning;
  • Health and physical well-being;
  • Language and communication development;
  • Social and emotional development; and
  • Cognitive and general knowledge.

Health and Physical Well-Being


My child:

  • Eats a balanced diet
  • Gets plenty of rest
  • Receives regular medical and dental care
  • Has had all necessary immunizations
  • Can run, jump, climb, and does other activities that help develop large muscles and provide exercise
  • Uses pencils, crayons, scissors, and paints and does other activities that help develop small muscles

Emotional and Social Preparation


My child:

  • Follows simple rules and routines
  • Is able to express his or her own needs and wants
  • Is curious and motivated to learn
  • Is learning to explore and try new things
  • Has opportunities to be with other children and is learning to play/share with others
  • Is able to be away from parents/family without being upset
  • Is able to work well alone
  • Has the ability to focus and listen

Language, Math and General Knowledge 


My child:

  • Uses 5-6 word sentences
  • Sings simple songs
  • Recognizes and says simple rhymes
  • Is learning to write her name and address
  • Is learning to count and plays counting games
  • Is learning to identify and name shapes and colors
  • Has opportunities to listen to and make music and to dance
  • Knows the difference between print and pictures
  • Listens to stories read to them
  • Has opportunities to notice similarities and differences
  • Is encouraged to ask questions
  • Has his television viewing monitored by an adult
  • Understands simple concepts of time (night and day, today, yesterday, tomorrow)
  • Is learning to sort and classify objects


School readiness skills and behaviors are not to be used to determine school eligibility; all children who meet the legal age requirement are entitled to a school education.

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