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Ready, Steady, Starting School!



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The transition from Reception to Key Stage 1 can be difficult. With children expected to be ‘school ready’, it is important that settings are prepared to help with this change or be ‘child ready’. The authors of this book draw on their significant experience to provide effective guidelines on ways in which to help children move towards being developmentally ready for more formal learning. Having laid clear foundations for effective practice, the authors apply this thinking to twelve ‘launchpads to learning’. Each launchpad includes activities for continuous, enhanced and targeted provision. Each activity provides clear guidance on what you need, what to do and what learning possibilities are involved. 55-page, A4 book.


*Contains 55 pages
  • A4 Landscape
  • Spiral bound

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3 reviews for Ready, Steady, Starting School!

  1. Judith Twani, Early Years Consultant, Trainer & Author

    “Ready, Steady, Starting School is a book I wish I had read when I started out in Early Years and one I wish I had written now! It gives a clear and detailed description of continuous provision, how it can be enhanced and how adults can use it effectively for teaching key concepts and skills. It is not simply a book of good ideas though as the introductory section sets out the principles that form the basis of good practice. It is useful for anyone working with 3-5 year olds and for Year 1 teachers who want to offer continuity to their children, building on these foundations.”

  2. Kate Moxley, Early Years Consultant

    “I absolutely adore this much needed practical guide on promoting and nurturing young children’s learning! The emphasis on wellbeing, emotional development and resilience woven throughout with practical tips, activities and ideas is both a refreshing and essential read for all those working within the EYFS. It is easy to use and dip in and out of, providing an abundance of case studies, activities and learning possibilities that are crucial for young children prior to starting school.”

  3. Alison Cummings, Early Years Specialist Teacher

    “Working across both nursery and reception classes, I feel the key messages in this book are conveyed well, placing the needs of children at the forefront. The authors quickly focus the reader on the important components of early years pedagogy, with clear links to theory, backed up by useful signposting to further reading and reliable references. The Launchpads suggest accessible activities, combining classics with fresh ideas underpinned by current thinking. The activities described are appealing and achievable, such as creating a water course, book making, providing loose parts and the use of real tools. This book is a useful tool for practitioners, linked to sound child development theory and is full of good practical advice.”

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