Fun activities to get tots school ready

An event designed to educate and support the community to improve school readiness saw children have fun while learning.

Tameside Early Help Team organised the event recently at St George's Primary School for families from the Werneth Ward of Hyde.

They worked in partnership with the Tameside Early Years Team, Tameside Parenting Support, Tameside Libraries Service, The Family Information Service, NHS Health Visitor and School Nurse Team, the Bangladeshi Welfare Association, St George’s Primary School and Greenfield Primary School.

The event followed a professionals learning circle, run by Tameside Early Help and Neighbourhoods team in July, which highlighted that children are below the national and Tameside averages for school readiness in this particular area.

It was aimed at parents and carers with children aged 0-4.

School readiness focuses on a child’s ability to enter their school life ready to learn and the team wants to encourage parents and children to work on the following areas:

  • Self care – encourage your child to wash their hands and wipe their nose.
  • Speaking and literacy – read stories with your child and look at picture books
  • Listening and understanding – giving your child instructions to follow e.g. can you tidy up, pass me your bowl etc.
  • Sharing and turn taking – encourage your child to share and take turns and interact with other children

Fun activities included a Story Makers session, treasure hunt and refreshments.

Images by Nigel Wood

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