Family Hub School Readiness
Helping your child be ready for school starts before they enter the classroom. As soon as children are born they are learning. Everything you do at home helps them to develop social and language skills that prepare them for learning.
Is your child ready for school? Ask your child can I...
- Stop what l am doing and listen to you
- Get myself dressed and undressed
- Read and can recognise my own name
- Eat my own lunch
- Speak up
- Understand rules and boundaries
- I am happy to leave my parent / carer
- Go to the toilet on my own
- Take turns and share with other people
- Open and enjoy a book
Hints and tips on what you can do with your child to help them become ready for school
Listen and Understand
- Help me to play listening games where I have to copy an action
- Help me to use my own toys to make up a story
- Play fun puzzles together like hide and seek or jigsaws
Activity- - If you would like to try an activity to help your child with listen and understand click the link to the Pacey Listen & Learn Activity
And Stories community crates fun activity
Get myself dressed and undressed
- Give me opportunities to dress up and pretend to be someone else
- Give me opportunities to practise playing dress up with clothes that fasten differently
- I have shoes that are easy to fasten and help me to learn how to fasten them
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with get myself dressed and undresses click the link to the How to encourage fine motor skills and problem solving - YouTube
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with get myself dressed and undresses click the link to the Pacey Ready Steady Dress Activity
Read and recognise my own name
- Help me to recognise my name from a selection of words
- Help me to make up silly sentences where each word begins with the same sound as at the start of my name
To help your child read and recognise their own name download Pacey’s guide to communication and language. Pacey Listen and Learn
Eat my own lunch
- Give me opportunities to practise how to drink from a cup with no lid and not spill my drink
- Praise me when I sit at a table and eat my own lunch
- Help me to practise using a knife, fork and spoon
To help your child with hand/eye coordination then click the link to How to make a hand/eye coordination tube How to make a hand/eye coordination tube - YouTube
And Threading, posting and sorting community creates fun activity
- I can tell you how I am feeling
- Praise me when I tell you that I am hungry or thirsty
- Praise me when I tell you that I need to go to the toilet
- Listen to me when I ask for help if I am struggling with something
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with Speaking click the link to the Cardboard TV activity. How to make a cardboard television - YouTube
and Let's Get Talking community crates fun activity
Understand rules and boundaries
- When tidying up give me simple instructions like “put your toys in the box”
- I understand that when I hear ‘no’ it means I must carefully listen to reasons why I can’t do or have something
- I know sometimes I cannot do things I want to do, explain to your child why they can not to run around in shops
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with Understand rules and boundaries click the link to the Kitchen Roll Colouring game activity. How to make a kitchen roll colouring game - YouTube
I am happy to leave my parent /carer
- Visit the school beforehand with your child
- Reassure your child and share happy experiences of school
- Practice the school run and learn the route to school
To help your child’s transition and settling in download Pacey’s transition and settling in guide
Pacey Transition & Settling in Guide
Information leaflet for parents/ carer's around talking your child to an early years setting:
Taking your child to an early years setting leaflet
Go to the toilet on my own
- Encourage me to wash and dry my hands, praise me when I do this without help
- Most of the time I remember to go to the toilet and wipe myself
- Encourage me to pull up my own underwear and clothes, praise me when I do this without help
To help your child go to the toilet on their own download Pacey’s physical development guide. Pacey physical development guide
Take turns and share with other people
- Role model fairness and sharing, remind me not to snatch and praise me when I share toys with others
- Take me to different places where I can socialise with other children like going to the park or attending my Children’s Centre s
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with take turns and share with other people click the link to the Number Cruncher activity. How to make a number cruncher game - YouTube
Open and enjoy a book
- Using the pictures make up a story without reading the words
- Show me how to open a book and turn the pages when sharing a story together
- Visit our local library and borrow books of my choice.
Activity- If you would like to try an activity to help your child with open and enjoy a book click the link to the Scrapbooks and Journals activity. How to create a scrap book or journal - YouTube
And Stories community crates fun activity
- Other notes
All Children develop at different ages and stages but if you would like more information on how you can help your child become ready for school please visit:-
- Foundation Years website
- Direct Gov - Good practice in school readiness
- Box of ideas website
- Better Health - Start for Life
Hungry Little Minds Staffordshire
From the moment they're born a baby needs food for their tummy to help their body grow. Did you know they need food for their mind to help their brain grow too? Hungry Little Minds Staffordshire is a free service provided for families of 0-2 year olds, sign up to get started. Hungry Little Minds - Hungry Little Minds (staffordshire.gov.uk)
To download Staffordshire County Council leaflet Is your child Ready for School Leaflet
To download Pacey guides:
Health Visitor Teams work in the community to support children and families. They offer health and development checks, infant feeding support and support for parents.
You can contact your Health Visitor for advice, or to discuss any worries or concerns you may have.
Please see contact numbers below:
East Hub (covering East Staffs, Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley, Tamworth) Call: 0300 303 3924
West Hub (covering Moorlands, Newcastle, Seisdon, Stafford, Stone) Call: 0300 303 3923
To learn more about school readiness on the mpft (health visiting and school nursing) website visit:
Health Visiting & School Nurse Website
To find out what services Health Visitors offer to help with school readiness visit:
Health Visiting Services Staffordshire Connects
Family Hub Activities
Family Hub Activities is a one-stop shop for all you need to keep you and your children busy and learning new things.
- Family Crafts Hub- Fun videos for ideas on a variety of craft activities to do with your children at home. Search Family Hub Craft on YouTube.
Community Crates Fun
‘Community Crates Fun’ project is a selection of theme-based activities which you can copy at home from many items you may already have and a little bit of imagination. The activities are an easy way to support your child’s learning within your home building on children love of exploring, and learn they gain while doing this. Search Community Crates Fun on Staffordshire Connects to see our quick YouTube Videos and Information sheets. Family Hub Community Crates Fun | Staffordshire Connects
Children’s Centre- Family Hub HomeZone
The Children's centres have created a hub of activities from cooking to craft to inspire and support you and your family within the home. We also have a Facebook group just for dads have a look at The Dad-icate.
South Staffordshire Children's Centre
Cannock Chase Children’s Centre
Newcastle-Under-Lyme Children’s Centre
Staffordshire moorlands Children’s Centre
How can we help?
- get information, advice and guidance
- get questions answered
- link in with local networks of support
- share ideas for coping with the changes in your lives
How do I contact my local Family Hub?
You can connect with your local Family Hub on Facebook, by phone, text or email
- Staffordshire Moorlands district
- Newcastle district
- East Staffordshire district
- Stafford district
- Cannock Chase district
- Lichfield district
- Tamworth district
- South Staffordshire district
Family Hub Cooking
Family Hub Cooking have produced some very simple recipes to try that are low cost to make as well as weekly Free School Meal ideas and shopping lists.
Each of the recipes include familiar ingredients and are simple to follow. We also have videos available for some of our recipes, all of which have step by step instructions that are easy to follow.
How do I find out more?
We have set up two pages on Staffordshire Connects for you to explore.
- Family Hub Cooking - Cooking for a family on a budget
- Family Hub Cooking - Free School Meal Voucher ideas
We also have a variety of other resources which might be of interest.