Lots of children will be thinking about getting ready to start school in Reception in September, the Spring Nursery Manager team has brought together a list of things that we believe will help support your child to be ready to start in Reception. Remember! Every child is unique and may or may not be interested in all of these all of the time! That’s ok! If you have any questions please contact one of our nurseries, we would be happy to chat!

  • I can use the toilet independently
  • I can wash and dry my own hands
  • I can blow my own nose
  • I can ask for help if I feel unwell.
  • I can put my own coat on and off
  • I can put my own shoes on and off
  • I can change out of my clothes and put different ones on
  • I can pour my own drinks
  • I can open my packed lunch and eat independently
  • I can use a knife and fork
  • I can sit at a table when I eat
  • I am confident being away from mummy, daddy or main carer
  • I am able to express my emotions, thoughts and needs to be met
  • I am willing to try
  • I am able to take turns and share
  • I can interact and play games with others
  • I try to be a good friend
  • I have persistence
  • I can problem solve
  • I gave gained good muscle control in my hands
  • I can hold a pen comfortably
  • I have good balance
  • I am confident within climbing, jumping and running
  • I am learning to manage my own risks
  • I can follow boundaries and routines
  • I am able to sit still for a short while and listen
  • I can follow instructions
  • I am understood when I talk
  • I am able to talk about myself, my thoughts and feelings
  • I am exploring and interested in books, pictures, stories and music
  • I am practicing to recognise my own name when it’s written down
  • I am aware of numbers and counting
  • I join in with number words, songs and play
  • I experiment with emptying and filling sand/water containers
  • I can recognise some written numbers
  • I look at numbers in my community
  • I have practiced getting my uniform on and being ready to leave on time.
  • I have a good bedtime routine so I am not tired for school
  • I am learning to eat at the same time as I would at school
  • I am making sure I have breakfast before I leave for school.

These are some of our key things to think about – if you have any top tips of your own to prepare for Reception please share with us!