If you have any questions orconcerns about your child startingpre-school do not hesitate to contactthe staff who will be more than happy Supporting your child to be ready forto talk to you. pre-schoolFor further information contact: Going to pre-school is a big mile-stone in aDawlish and Teignmouth Childrens child’s life and hopefully one that is excitingCentre 01626 879776 for the whole family.www.nhs.uk/change4life This booklet has been created by DawlishFor ideas on being active and eating and Teignmouth Children’s Centres inwell conjunction with the early years settings in the Dawlish Learning Community.www.direct.gov.uk/childcare We hope it provides some helpful informationwww.devon.gov.uk/disc about the skills you can practice togetherFor information about childcare in and the experiences you can create that willyour area and available funding help your child enjoy their time at pre-school.
Problem Solving, Physical Development Personal, Social, Emotional Development Reasoning and Numeracy. • Have a varied diet and• Spend time with other children and support them in • Count out loud with your night time routine so that sharing and taking turns. child saying the names of children have the energy• Encourage your child to drink from a cup numbers clearly, and look to learn and are not• Encourage your child to say please and thank you. for numbers in the envi- tired.• Encourage your child to be independent - go to the ronment. • Allow them to use sim- toilet unaided and wash their hands, dress/undress • Sing songs or rhymes ple tools, such as a roll- (including shoes). with numbers in them; 10 ing pin or bucket and• Allow them to choose toys themselves and discover In The Bed, 5 Little spade, and also to get more about what they like and dislike. Ducks, 10 Fat Sausages outside and be active on• Encourage your child to talk about their feelings. etc. a daily basis. Knowledge and Creative Development Communication, Language and Literacy Understanding of the World • Join in imaginative• Encourage your child to choose books for them- • Talk to your child about games with your child, selves. Remember children enjoy reading the special times; birthdays, e.g. giving the teddy same book over and over! family celebrations and bears a party.• Encourage your child to ‘read’ what is happening in other key events in their • Dance to songs and the pictures and talk about what may happen next. lives. make up actions e.g.• Sing songs and rhymes with your child and encour- • Encourage them to ex- Wheels on the Bus. age them to tell you their own stories. plore their local sur-Talking, understanding others and knowing what to roundings, find out say are really important skills. They help children what’s in your area. learn, make friends and enjoy life to the full.