Are Your Little Ones Primary School Ready? Learn How The Treehouse Club Makes Sure They Are

It feels like it happens so quickly, in the blink of an eye your child has gone from being a tiny new-born to having started their first day of pre-school! Where did the time go? And then, again, it will not be long until primary school soon begins to loom on the horizon.

This move, from a smaller pre-school to a larger Primary School, can prove to be a worrisome and anxious time for some children, but it can be much less so if they are suitably prepared, with many even looking forward to the new challenge and experiences it will bring.

School Readiness Through EYFS Learning In Natural Settings

Here at The Treehouse Club, preparing a child for these big changes in their lives is an integral part of our teaching ethos. Our focus on a nature-enhanced EYFS intuitive learning curriculum is proven to build confidence and social ability through discovery & play, achieved via a wide range of outdoor activities and lessons delivered in beautiful and stimulating surroundings.

So, how exactly do we define school readiness? Here’s what we look for in our club members in order to know that we’ve done our jobs in preparing them for their big September adventure.

10 Checks For A Child Being Prepared For Primary School

  1. The Child is comfortable being separated from their parent or main carer.
  2. Can recite their name, age and other key factors pertaining to their lives such as family members, pets, etc.
  3. Can coherently vocalise needs such as thirst, hunger, feeling poorly, and needing the toilet.
  4. Are able to follow age-appropriate instructions via verbal direction,.
  5. Shows an interest in a variety of subjects, and be able to pay attention appropriately when it comes to the activity they are taking part in
  6. Can express their needs, feelings, thoughts and ideas using vocabulary and language.
  7. They should be able to interact with other children and adults in an age-appropriate way. This includes being able to share, play, take responsibility for their actions and to understand the consequences of them.
  8. Are able to observe and discuss their environment and experiences They should also be able to explore their own ideas and be able to discuss their learning.
  9. They should be able to understand and act within boundaries set by friends and adults.
  10. Are able to understand how to keep themselves safe and healthy in their typical day to day environment

Additional Considerations For Primary School Readiness

The above are the 10 most important things that every Treehouse Club member is able to do when they leave our pre-school. But never ones to accept just ‘ready’ we ensure our children are prepared to excel. As such, here are some additional things we feel are vital in making them more than ready for the Primary School transition.

Physical Skills:

  • Children should be able to lead active and fulfilling lives and so should be able to dress themselves correctly for the occasion / activity.
  • Quite importantly, they should be able to eat and drink as independently as possible, then later when needed visit to the toilet and go independently.
  • As well as these, we can’t forget the fun stuff! Physical skills for play are also very important and including typical activities such as riding a trike, using interactive toys, climbing small obstacles, casual running, and being able to kick a ball in a co-ordinated manner.

Fine Motor Skills

  • Age-appropriate fine motor skills such as turning the pages of a book, undoing a bottle top, or using a pencil and sharpener
  • Basic art skills such as colouring and drawing as well as being able to cut with scissors. These as well as being able to paste and glue are all integral to being ready for big school classrooms.

Social skills:

  • Obviously, every child is unique and comes with their own set of social, emotional and behavioural needs all of which need to be considered when it comes to school readiness.
  • This is something that should always be discussed between parents, carers and your nursery or pre-school settings so that a plan can be put into place. We are proud to be a fully inclusive pre-school, and we have dedicated staff who can advise and support when it comes to worries you may have regarding your child’s unique school readiness challenges

When Is The Right Time To Enrol Your Child In Pre-School? How Long Do They Need To Be Prepared For Primary School?

A successful learning journey starts with a love of learning which is why it is crucial to enrol your children into a nursery or pre-school ideally by the age of two to three years. Children enter a critical stage of brain development at this time which allows them to learn more rapidly than at any other time in their life, so the earlier the better.

How Can I Enquire About Enrolling My Child At The Treehouse Club?

If you want to know more about how a more natural learning environment can help your child’s development and prepare them for Primary School, then reach out to us today.

We are here to answer any questions you may have about the enrolment and intake process and we look forward to telling you about how The Treehouse Club will be a great option for giving your child a fantastic start in life.

Call now on: 01277 656 921

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Norsey Woods Education Room
Outwood Common Road
Billericay, Essex CM11 1HA
01277 656 921

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Doublegate Ln, Rawreth
Wickford SS11 8UD
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Brentwood, Essex CM13 2DP
01277 402 016


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St Nicholas Church Hall, School Lane
Ingrave Brentwood CM13 3RB
01277 297 024


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Langham Cres,
Billericay CM12 9RD
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We are back to our normal opening hours from 7am – 7pm for all Settings (apart from our Ingrave Setting where the opening hours will be the normal times of 7am – 4pm, as this a Pre-School Setting only).

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