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What can families do to prepare their child for school?

The year before your child starts school is a very exciting time. There are many simple things that you can do to prepare your child for school. The Queensland Government website has a number of helpful suggestions including:

  • getting to know as much about the school as they can
  • talking with their child about school
  • taking their child to the school to meet the teachers and to find out where things are
  • making sure their child knows the transport arrangements for getting to and from school
  • getting to know other families with children who will be in the same class as their child
  • talking with their child about eating, toileting and hygiene at school
  • making sure their child has had experiences of public toilets, public libraries and if relevant, public transport
  • if appropriate, ensuring their child knows how before and after school hours care will work
  • answering their child's questions about school
  • reading some children's books about starting school with their child
  • always being positive and realistic about starting school.

Reading to your child

Why is reading to your child so valuable? 

  • Listening to stories assists in early literacy development.
  • Storytelling builds bonds between children and their parents and extended family. Children often associate this time with affection and positivity.
  • Stories are a natural way to teach children about their world.
  • Stories and reading aloud allows both you and your child to enjoy the sound and rhythm of language and the way words join together to create the magic of stories.
  • Stories help to expand children's vocabulary, so they can communicate with you and others.
  • It sets children on the road to becoming life-long readers.

Teaching your child nursery rhymes helps to develop rhyme, rhythm, counting skills, vocabulary, speech, and gross motor skills.

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Last reviewed 11 June 2020
Last updated 11 June 2020