Project to help make pupils ‘school ready’

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Sheffield mums and dads are being encouraged to regularly read and play with their children to help make them ‘school ready’, as part of a new Government-funded project.

The city is one of nine regions to benefit from the Big Hopes Big Future initiative, designed to give children a flying start at school.

Parents are also encouraged to get youngsters into set morning and bedtime routines, with the help of trained volunteers.

The project is being delivered by Home-Start Sheffield.

Project worker Sara Gowen said: “Volunteers will help parents to prepare their children for school – from arriving on time and fed, being able to play with other children and recognising their name, to eating and drinking unaided, coping away from their parents and being toilet trained.

“Parents will benefit too, through improved interaction with their own children and developing the confidence to engage with an educational organisation. Children reading and having morning and bedtime routines is also good for the whole family.”

The success of the project will be measured by whether children are able to cope with school routines and demonstrate appropriate behaviour.”