Good Start Great Start - School Readiness programme

Middlesex University, with many years of accumulated expertise and research in early years education, has been working with experienced early years education professional Annabelle Narey to build the resources and expertise needed to assist parents/carers and children when preparing for transition. The resulting University-backed programme offers parents/carers the opportunity to develop relationships with each other as well as their child’s early years setting or school.  By developing social links within the attending group, the parents/carers are helped to form a network of support across the sessions and beyond.  Our programme allows parents/carers to develop and build trust in the system which will provide a framework for their child’s academic future.

As children transition from home to nursery or nursery into school they need to be prepared for a more structured learning environment.  They need to be encouraged to approach the world with curiosity and with a positive disposition to learn. They also need to have a certain level of independence and the confidence and the skills to solve problems, to work with others, to communicate, and to gain an increasing understanding of the world around them.

The Good Start, Great Start Programme is designed to lay the pedagogical foundations for children to develop the social skills that allow them to:

  • Listen with interest
  • Take turns
  • Work with others, and
  • Have the ability to solve problems

Through the programme they will acquire a heightened interest in the world around them, curiosity about how it works and they will develop and enhance their communication skills.

Good Start, Great Start offers the child’s parent/carer the opportunity to develop skills and techniques to support their child’s learning, whilst developing relationships with other parents and carers and hence building a social network.

If you would like more information please contact us at gsgs@mdx.ac.uk

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