I often have people ask me what school readiness actually means. Does it mean they are ready if they can read or write? Does it mean they are ready if they can count to twenty?

Judy Kynaston, Early Childhood Australia General Manager, suggests the research states that these things actually make little to no difference as to whether a child is ready to start school or not.  What is more important, however, is the development of a child’s social and emotional skills. These are the skills that will allow children to have a positive and successful start to their school life, which is our aim for all children. Age should not be the determining factor when deciding if your child is ready to start school; there are factors.

Some social and emotional skills that parents may consider when deciding if their child is ready for school are:

  • Do they separate easily from parents?
  • Can they regulate their emotions?
  • Can they work alongside other children without distraction?
  • Can they follow instructions?
  • Can they form friendships easily?
  • Can they manage their own belongings?

Looking at each child as an individual is very important when deciding whether your child is “ready” to start school and that is why transitional programs, such as SMGS’ Let’s Explore, is a great way to gain insight into your child as a learner in a classroom environment.

During the Let’s Explore program, the experienced early years teachers will be looking at each individual child and their readiness for school and providing families with a detailed assessment at the conclusion of the program. An opportunity for a one-on-one meeting with the Let’s Explore teachers to talk about your child is also available to all families at the end of the program. The Let’s Explore program is a great way to learn more about your child as a learner to help support them for the next stage in their educational journey.



SMGS’ free five-week transitional program, Let’s Explore is made up of five sessions that begin on 21 October 2016 and have been designed to ease your child’s journey into the world of Kindergarten and Junior School. The program is open to any child who is looking to start Kindergarten in 2017, regardless of where you plan on educating your child.

Find out more about the Let’s Explore Program