Getting Ready for Pre-School and School

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Do you feel you and your child are ready for school?

Starting school is a key milestone for both you and your child

When you are thinking about your young child starting school it can raise many questions, feelings, and emotions for you and your family. Some of your questions may be:

  • What does being ready for school actually mean?
  • Will my child be physically & emotionally ready for school when the time comes?
  • What will I need to do to make sure my child and the family are ready?
  • What will my child need for starting school?
  • How will I cope when my child starts school?
  • How will the school help me and my family to settle and feel included?

We are able to offer you sessions to help you and your child get ready for school, through a workshop or Parenting Puzzle course (see below). All are available to parents of children aged 3 years to 5 years.

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Getting Ready for School Workshop (2 hours)

This workshop will help your whole family to prepare and get ready for school life. It is based on the Five to Thrive approach, along with the UNICEF model,

  • Ready Child
  • Ready Family
  • Ready School

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Parenting Puzzle ( 5 x 2 hour sessions, over 5 weeks)

Children are rewarding, stimulating and fun, but looking after them can be stressful and challenging. The Parenting Puzzle helps deal with those challenges so you have a calmer, happier life.
A tried and tested programme it helps us think about what we do, why we do it and how it makes us feel. The sessions are for families with a child aged 3 to 5 years old.

Week 1 - Understanding your children’s behaviour;  Listening and how babies communicate;  Praise and encouragement.
Week 2 - Praise and guidance; Power of play and positive moments
Week 3 - Boundaries and parenting styles; Understanding and managing behaviour; Looking after ourselves
Week 4 - Dealing with stress and conflict; Developing the family toolkit
Week 5 - Getting Ready for School Workshop (delivered online)

Contact us if interested 


Newport Family Hub
PO30 2AX

01983 529208

Ryde Family Hub
George Street
PO33 2JF

01983 617617

Sandown Family Hub
The Fairway
PO36 9EQ

01983 408718


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