Education: Harlow parents urged to get ready for reception

Education / Sat 31st Jul 2021 at 11:27am

PARENTS and carers of children due to start Reception in September are being encouraged to follow Essex County Council’ s Talk, Listen, Cuddle campaign to find out how they can help their child prepare to make the transition.

From today, Essex County Council (ECC) will be sharing information and tips with parents and carers of children starting primary school this September, so that they can help prepare their child to make the exciting move to their new Reception class.

Activity delivered through ECC’s Talk, Listen, Cuddle (TLC) campaign will include advice and video messages shared over the coming weeks, aimed at helping young children and their families feel ready and confident as they start primary school. 

Information and guidance will address the common concerns parents and carers might have about whether their child is ‘ready’ to start school and the action they can take to overcome these over the summer holidays.

TLC was originally launched to support parents and carers to give their child the best start in life. The campaign is focused on promoting early language and communication through games, play and interaction. 

Throughout the school holidays, Early Years and Primary School professionals will be sharing inclusive guidance on how parents and carers can support their child’s transition to school. Top tips will explain how to create good bedtime routines and how to take advantage of everyday experiences to support their child’s learning. 

Advice will also include how to play and interact with their child to help to build independence, confidence and resilience ahead of their first term at Primary School.

Cllr Beverley Egan, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Early Years, said: “Starting primary school is such an exciting milestone for young children and their families. However, we also know that it can be daunting for some parents and carers who may worry about what to expect and if their child is ready for school.

“The tips and advice we will be sharing over the coming weeks will help to remind parents and carers that every child is different and will learn and progress in their own way. There is no pressure on children to be able to do certain things, like write perfectly or read in order to be ready to start school in September.

“I know that primary school colleagues will be eagerly waiting to welcome their new Reception classes and encourage anyone with a child starting school to follow the Talk, Listen, Cuddle Facebook page for lots of fun ideas and suggestions to help their child feel happy, reassured and confident come September.”

The campaign will run throughout July, August and into September. Parents and carers can find all the tips and guidance on the TLC Facebook page and www.tlc-essex.info.

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