Recently a publication
was produced and circulated in the UK by the NAHT (National Association of Head
teachers) to support parents in their work to prepare their child(ren) for
The following is an extract from this publication that I thought you might
Foundation Stage and KS1 School (age 3 – 7)
The start of
your child to use the toilet (and urinal) independently; this will improve
their self-esteem when they are at school with their peers.
they can dress themselves and put on their own coat.
them to carry their own bag to school.
confident when dropping them off at school; don’t let them ‘cling’ to you at
the school gate.
them to become a ‘playground friend’ or ‘school buddy’.
them to hang up their school uniform ready for the next day.
them when completing household tasks.
KS2(age 7 – 11)
Supporting your child
to organise themselves:
turns in finding the way to the shops, playground etc; this will give them
confidence when navigating their way around the school building and playground.
them to make their own bed each morning.
them responsible for organising their own homework activities.
they pack their own school bag in plenty of time.
them to walk or cycle to school by themselves or with friends when it’s safe to
time for your child to play out with their friends in a safe area.
them to become a ‘reading buddy’ and to take on responsibilities at school.
Secondary School (age 11+)
Supporting your child
to be responsible for themselves:
your child is aware of the dangers of using social media and the internet
them to manage a small budget.
a tidy space at home for them to complete their homework.
them how to create a study timetable; encourage them to complete their homework
without unnecessary help or intervention.
the importance of packing the right equipment for school each day e.g.
calculator, books, PE kit.
them to travel independently by public transport, bike or foot.
them aware of the costs of using a mobile phone.
them how to prepare a simple meal.
they change their bed regularly.
Hints and tips for
appropriate boundaries for your child but help them to try out new things.
to guide your child rather than tell them what to do; this will encourage them
to develop their own thoughts and ideas with your support.
positive support when your child faces challenges.
effort rather than success and help them see we all learn from mistakes.
do everything for your child, even if that seems easier!
to be positive when your child is demonstrating independence.
I hope that you find
the article of interest.
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