School readiness checklist

Children do not need to have specific knowledge or skills to begin school. But it is helpful if they are able to:

  • share and know how to take turns

  • cooperate and play well with others

  • listen and pay attention for short periods of time

  • speak and ask for what they need

  • recognize their own names in writing

  • help out and put away classroom materials and toys after activity time

  • dress and undress themselves

  • use the toilet independently and clean themselves

  • play by themselves with toys for a period of time without needing adult attention

  • be away from their caregivers and parents and understand that parents will come back.

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