Get Ready for School

Develop independence in a fun parent and child group

Develop confidence and independence with:


  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Toileting and personal care
  • Pre-writing skills
  • Motor skills needed for using pencils and scissors successfully

A fun parent and child programme aimed at children due to start school in September 2016 or 2017:

  • Work towards independence with dressing.
  • Encourage self-feeding and pick up tips for using a knife and fork.
  • Develop independent toileting, hand washing and personal care.
  • Pick up tips for developing the motor skills needed for using scissors and pencils successfully.
  • Develop pre-writing skills.
  • Learn more about the skills expected of children on entry to Reception Class.

These groups are parent and child sessions and are aimed at children without identified difficulties or diagnoses.  However, all sessions are adapted to meet the needs of the individual children attending and we welcome children with additional needs.

Next group starts on 23rd February 2016 in South Woodham Ferrers.  There are currently no Hornchurch groups organised but please register your interest below to be informed when sessions are planned.

Sessions start in South Woodham Ferrers on February 23rd 1.30pm

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Parents' Feedback

Brilliant fun for Harry. He really enjoyed coming and really informative for me. It has made us focus on getting dressed and undressed at home and given us lots of ideas to practice. It helped to find out what was expected of children going to playschool.

It has been amazing and made such a difference. Before the sessions started I hadn’t even thought about dressing/undressing and now my son does it all by himself in just four weeks.

A summary of these courses cannot do them justice because so much of it consists of things which, as it were, you didn’t know you didn’t know. Little hints and tips which make you think ‘I wish I’d known that before!’ You will end up knowing what to focus on and what to leave for a year or two. And how to be confident in knowing that you are giving your child the right level of encouragement in the right way. Abi is brilliant. She is very knowledgeable and is great with children. She is really generous with her time, her e-mails, her hand outs and recommendations.