Part 2: Top 5 tips for Prep Readiness

Today we have Part 2 of our guest post from Kate Davis & Christine Wyatt from Boost Therapy.  If you missed part 1, “Is your child prepped for Prep”, you can check it out here.

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In Part 1, we asked the question ‘how do you know your child is ready for Prep?’ Kate and Christine helped us understand three key developmental areas we need to consider when thinking about our child’s readiness for Prep. These are:

  • Communication – Speech and language skills to be able to communicate with their teachers and peers.
  • Pre writing skills – the skills children acquire through participating in activities such as drawing, construction, craft and other fiddly tasks.
  • Independence – tasks that children need to be able to do independently in the classroom.

In understanding the specifics of these 3 key areas and thinking about your own child’s current level of development, Kate & Christine have suggested a number of things you can do to improve your child’s readiness for Prep. Here are their top 5 tips:

Boost Therapy’s Top 5 Tips for Prep Readiness

  1. If you have concerns about your child’s development, don’t delay in seeking advice. Occupational therapists and speech pathologists deal with many developmental concerns, no matter how young your child is. The earlier your child receives support, the better. Alternatively, talk to your child’s GP or early education teacher for advice.
  2. Talk. Read. Repeat! These are the best things you can do to help your child develop good communication skills.
  3. Make sure your child has plenty of opportunities for socialising with other kids as early on as possible. Join a playgroup, set up a play-date, or enrol your child in Kindergarten.
  4. Give your child opportunities to draw in lots of settings – it doesn’t need to involve pencils and paper! Make shapes out of play dough or draw on the cement outside.
  5. Practise opening lunch wrappers and undoing/doing up buttons before Prep starts. Some lunch boxes are trickier to open than you think!

Thanks so much to Kate & Christine for sharing these fantastic tips! They sound pretty easy to incorporate don’t they?

Boost Therapy is a mobile speech pathology and occupational therapy service in Brisbane. For further information visit www.boosttherapy.com.au

Do you have a question or comment for Kate or Christine? Feel free to ask away in the comments section below!

~ alisha

2 thoughts on “Part 2: Top 5 tips for Prep Readiness

  1. Generally, boys lag behind girls in fine motor development but are ahead in gross motor skills. As writing skills ( fine motor) play a huge role in the first years, girls may have an advantage and less problems – especially if there is a considerable age gap ( could be up to 11 months) in the same class! This happens because ALL children must be in Grade one if they turn 6 before 30th June. (Qld 2014). Why do we rush through these precious early years of childhood and not allow one more year of play- centred learning if parents feel in their hearts this would benefit their child in the future?

    • Hi Felicity – thanks for leaving your comment, it is certainly very popular conversation at the moment! As an outsider, I am seeing big differences in children in my daughters prep class- she turns 6 in July of Prep so is one of the oldest. I did a class visit one day and playing with play-dough I noticed there was a huge variety of’levels’ around the table at what the children could create after they were given some guidelines. It was quite surprising. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. alisha

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