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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator ⇒ Unit 3.7: Understand the needs of the child in preparing for school ⇒ Describe characteristics of ‘school readiness’

Describe characteristics of ‘school readiness’

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.7: Understand the needs of the child in preparing for school
Learning outcome: 1 Understand ‘school readiness’ in relation to the role of the Early Years practitioner
Assessment criteria: 1.1 Describe characteristics of ‘school readiness’

  • ‘School Readiness’ refers to a child being ready to make the transition from an early years setting to Year 1 of school
  • Some characteristics of school readiness include:
    • Independence (e.g. in toileting, dressing etc.) and able to separate from parents/carers for the duration of school hours
    • Confidence – feels comfortable with having new experiences
    • Communication – able to follow instructions and express themselves appropriately
    • Concentration – able to sit still for short durations and able to focus on learning activities
    • Collaboration – able to take turns, share, and cooperate
    • Emotional intelligence – able to regulate emotions (to the level expected of their age) and understands expected behaviours

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