When children are happy to be at school, when they are healthy and feel valued, their learning and development will continue.
School readiness is the when a child can demonstrate the ability to be independent, they can self regulate, work through logical steps when problem solving and feel safe and happy in their environment. When a child demonstrates these capabilities it enhances their disposition to learning and taking on new challenges. According to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) “Transition to school is not a point-in-time event, but rather an experience that starts well before, and extends far beyond, the first day of school”
“Some of the most important elements of helping children to be ‘ready’ for school relate to ensuring that they are healthy and well nourished; are confident that school will be a positive experience for them; and feel well supported by positive relationships. When children are happy to be at school, when they are healthy and feel valued, their learning and development will continue” (Transition: A positive start to school, 2009)