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Pre-schoolers - ideas for play and learning

At the pre-school stage, children become more aware of themselves as part of a community.

We often hear about being 'school ready', but what we really mean is 'life ready'. 

All children develop at their own pace. The best predictor of success at school, is whether a child is spoken with and read to.

Try some of the ideas below.


When your child is learning to use their thinking skills

Beginning to read

How you can help your 0-5-year-old to become a reader as they get older

Learning to write

Offer experiences to make marks


How you can help 0-5s to deal with difficult moments and face challenges.

Counting and understanding numbers

Use numbers in everyday activities and play

Looking forward to school

How to help your child feel positive about starting school


Managing behaviour, emotions and body movements

Coronavirus advice and guidance

Ideas from early years professionals in Norfolk, and across the UK