Next Tuesday, thousands of families across Worcestershire will find out which primary school their children be attending from September, otherwise known as National Primary School Offer Day.
To coincide with National Primary School Offer Day, Worcestershire County Council is launching a Ready for School campaign with tips and activities to help families get their children ready to start school.
Each year, feedback from primary and first schools shows that a lot of reception age children have difficulties starting school as they aren’t yet able to do things like using the toilet or being able to sit still.
This puts added pressure on teachers and schools to help these children catch up with their peers and slows down the early learning process.
Catherine Driscoll, Director for Children’s Service at Worcestershire County Council said: “Starting school is a huge milestone for all families. Ensuring children are ready to join a class means they can get the most from their experience. We are hearing about reception age children who have difficulties starting school because of things like not being toilet trained, being unable to sit still and not being able to be separated from a parent. Not only does this put added pressure on teachers and school to help these children catch up with their peers but it also slows down the early learning process.”
Frances Howie, Director of Public Health added: “This campaign focusses on a range of friendly information, advice and guidance to help families make sure their children have these skills.
It’s never too late to make these simple changes and this means that when they join their class, their children can have the very best start.”
The aim of the campaign is to help families with a range of information, advice and guidance to help them be aware of what they need to do to get their children ready for school.
A new section of the County Council’s website has been added as a resource for parents: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/readyforschool.
This will be backed up with a social media campaign across Facebook and Instagram, focussing each month on different skills leading up to the start of school in September.
Primary School Offer Day takes place on Tuesday April 16. For the last few years, Worcestershire County Council has consistently overseen over 90% of applicants receive a place at their first choice school, and they are keen for this to continue and improve even further in the future.