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Starting School September 2024

Welcome to St Joseph's

We would like to welcome you and your child to our school.

There will be a lot of information to share with you over the coming weeks, this will be sent to you mainly via email. 

We use ‘Admissions+’ to communicate with all our families.  We will shortly send you an email with the login details to enable you to create an account.  Once registered, we will be able to send letters and further communication regarding your child starting school in September.  If you have any difficulties, please contact Mrs. Harding in the school office.

School Readiness

Each child is unique and therefore will start school at a different stage of development. Schools and local early year's settings work closely together to ensure a smooth transition and induction into school for all children.

School Readiness is when a child holds curiosity and enthusiasm for the world around them. They are able to co-operate and share with one another. They speak clearly in sentences whilst listening and understanding what others day. They move with co-ordination whilst able to address their care needs. This can be summed up as...

7 skills to support children in school readiness:

  • Co-operating
  • Listening and understanding
  • Sharing
  • Dealing independently with care needs
  • Speaking clearly in sentences
  • Having co-ordination
  • Showing curiosity and enthusiasm
These are the basic skills we need to help children develop and be secure in, so they are ready and able to make a good start in school. The supporting statements below are identified on the School Readiness leaflet for families.

Co-operating: I will need to learn how to get on well with others.

Listening and understanding: I enjoy talking about stories we have shared together. You can help by giving me simple instructions to follow.

Sharing: It is important for me to be able to share with other children.

Dealing independently with care needs: Using the toilet, washing my hands and learning how to get dressed by myself will really help me at school.

Speaking clearly in sentences: If I can talk clearly, I will be able to ask for help when I need it and my friends and adults will understand what I am saying.

Having co-ordination: I will learn best if I am encouraged to be active from the tips of my fingers to the ends of my toes.

Showing curiosity and enthusiasm: I need to have lots of fun opportunities to explore the world around me.
Below are some leaflets and handy links from the BCP family information service regarding school readiness: