Be Ready To Learn


The advice and information below is designed to encourage all parents / carers to allow their children to develop independence and a sense of responsibility so they are ready to learn every day!

Preparing for Primary School (age 4-7)

The start of independence:

  1. Teach your child to use the toilet independently; this will improve their self esteem when they are at school with their peers
  2. Ensure they can dress themselves and put on their own coat
  3. Encourage them to carry their own bag to school
  4. Be confident when dropping them off at school; don’t let them ‘cling’ to you at the school gate
  5. Support them at home to hang up their school uniform ready for the next day
  6. Include them when completing household tasks

Preparing for the Juniors (age 7 – 11)

Supporting your child to organise themselves:

  1. Take turns in finding the way to the shops, playground etc; this will give them confidence when navigating their way around the school building and the playground
  2. Support them to make their own bed in the morning
  3. Make then responsible for organising their own homework activities
  4. Ensure they pack their own school bag in plenty of time
  5. Encourage them to walk or cycle to school by themselves or with friends when it is safe to do so
  6. Make time for your child to play out with their friends in a safe area
  7. Encourage them to take extra responsibilities at school – school council etc.

Hints and tips for encouraging independence:

  • Set appropriate boundaries for your child but help them to try out new things
  • Try to guide your child rather then tell them what to do; this will encourage them to develop their own thoughts and ideas with your support
  • Give positive support when your child faces challenges
  • Praise effort rather than success and help them see we all learn from mistakes
  • Don’t do everything for your child, even if that seems easier
  • Try to be positive when your child is demonstrating independence