This toolkit is for childcare professionals, parents and teachers to work together to help improve the transition process for children starting school.

There's regular debate about what "school ready" actually means. In recent research, PACEY found that early years professionals, parents and teachers agreed that "school ready" should mean that children: 

  • have strong social skills
  • can cope emotionally with being separated from their parents
  • are relatively independent in their own personal care
  • have a curiosity about the world and a desire to learn.

If you're caring for a child who's about to start school, you'll find the tools we've developed will help them achieve and build on these skills. Here you'll find information on the specific stage of the transition your child is at. Discover ideas, information and activities within the toolkit sections below:

This toolkit was developed by PACEY as part of a government-funded Starting School Together project. Part of the project was to create a range of activities for parents, childcare providers and teachers to do with children to help them prepare the skills they need to start school successfully. The actvities have all been linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage outcomes in England.